DVD - 2008
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Forced to give up his dreams of art school, Zach works dead-end jobs to support his sister and her son. Not certain about his life, he paints, surfs and hangs out with his best friend, Gabe. When Gabe's older brother returns home for the summer, Zach suddenly finds himself drawn into a relationship he did not expect. Struggling to reconcile his own desires with those of his family and friends, he is finally forced to be true to himself. He discovers that with the power of love he can have a future with promise.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : Liberation Entertainment ; [Santa Monica, Calif.] : Distributed by Genius Entertainment, [2008]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (88 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Oct 06, 2016

The film is pretty embarrassingly idealistic, & the soundtrack suffers at points, but you're not likely to encounter a sweeter lovesong to the urban landscapes of burnt out blue collar Southern California more generally, & I thought the surfing scenes were on point & dreamy & true to form. Plus there's a supporting actress from 'Six Feet Under' in it. I wondered if I would still like it after seeing it 4 or 5 years ago, & I did, so. People don't mind fluff in a pillow...? CR

Aug 25, 2016

A well-meaning though hopelessly sophomoric gay love story which, had it been made thirty years earlier, would have been considered cutting edge. Nowadays however its derivative script and two-dimensional characters are simply a nice-looking rehash of every queer crush film ever made. Zach wallows in denial; Shaun is still mending a previously broken heart; Jeanne is a chain-smoking neurotic dating an abusive neanderthal; and just guess which two people little Cody adores the most? Slo-mo montages of Zach and Shaun surfing and gazing into each other’s eyes are shored up by folksy ballads and widescreen sunsets but the pre-packaged angst seems mere affectation and the emotional depths run rather shallow. At least we’re spared the usual gay predator vs. closeted prey plot line (their couplings are spontaneous and photogenic if nothing else) and the gauzy views of Southern California are unapologetically sentimental.

Jun 29, 2015

A good coming of age film, with believable characters who are not stereotypes. The 2 main actors were very believable and I thought Trevor Wright did a great job given his underwritten role. It was also nice to see friends behave like real friends, they don't just drop you when you come out but stick with you.

Mar 27, 2014

Shelter is an unusual first love queer film in that other than some issues with the main character accepting his sexuality it's devoid of most the well worn plot elements typically found in queer films. (Actually it has one of the standard cliches: a love making scene that with all the slamming around of bodies seems like it could be a touch football game/wrestling match.) What makes Shelter particularly appealing is that it's a film about queer guys who aren't club hopping, diva loving, fashion addicted, gossipy, or "sassy." The main character is a skateboarding surfer guy who's also a talented urban artist. A great film for any guy who has never really found any queer cinema characters he identifies with.

Sep 24, 2013

Wonderful film. Since it documents the coming of age and bonding of two gay men who wind up with a child to care for, and I know couples like that, it's easy to relate to. Rather than some kind of sweet fantasy, I can point to certain people I know and say "This was your story, wasn't it?" .Something a little odd in the movie is that at no point in the movie do Sean and Zach ever say "I love you." The closest that they come is when Zach explains to Jean "Sean really cares about Cody......and me" What's really odd about this is that in the directors commentary, including both actors and the director, the two actors say it back and forth to each other so constantly that it seems that as actors there's some real love there that they've managed to bring to the movie.

jmmason Jan 09, 2012

This is a terrific American movie written and directed by new-comer Jonah Markowitz. It is a remarkably mature accompolishment and a step forward in the evolution of gay film making. This is a coming of age story set in an urban California town (San Pedro) where Zach works a dead-end job to help support his sister and her young son. He surfs and hangs out with his rich friend in Laguna whose brother comes to visit from L.A. Zach had to forgo art school and is trying to cope with that disappointment as well as the daily demands of others. What makes this movie special is that it is about two people who happen to be gay. There's a delightful twist added-in that will give Christians the willies. Plus there's a dog. The actors are excellent, especially Trevor Wright as the conflicted Zach.

Nov 12, 2011

Best Movie in the whole wide world. I hope when everybody who watch this will not be afarid of coming out to anyone.. I love the plot everything the two love birds and this flim are great

Jun 20, 2010

One more commonplace film about coming out of the closet. Action: San Francisco... and the film makes it look as a difficult thing to come out in SF!


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