25 Great Gay Sex Scenes Saga – Movie #9: Redwoods (2009)

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Title: Redwoods

Actors:

Matthew Montgomery… Chase

Brendan Bradley… Everett

Director: David Lewis

Synopsis: An unfulfilled gay man in a stagnant relationship finds his life changed forever when he meets a struggling writer visiting the Redwoods Country.

The Backlot Rating:

Hotness – 8

Romance – 7

WTFactor – 0

Redwoods follows the story of Everett, a man seemingly unfulfilled in every aspect of his life: his job, his town, and especially in his seven-year long committed relationship with his partner. When his partner and son wind up travelling for a week, leaving Everett alone at home, fate brings Chase into his life, a handsome, wandering writer, who injects some much needed passion into his life. By the end of this week, Everett is forced to make a choice: honour his commitments and responsibilities and remain in a life which constantly makes him yearn for more, or follow his heart and leave with Chase, living with the guilt for the rest of his life.

Is it possible to hate a love story? Because I really think I did with this movie. No matter how much the writers of Redwoods tried to spin it, I couldn’t see Everett doing anything but cheating on his partner and betraying his family. Now, I’m not one of those people who believe that monogamy is a natural characteristic of human relationships, and I definitely understand that there are people who cannot subscribe to the idea of monogamy, to which, of course, they have the right. However, when two people consciously and actively make the decision to remain faithful to each other, any deviation from that is betrayal, in my books. The story was set up so that we see the relationship between Everett and his partner as passionless and pitiful, and it is therefore understandable that Everett would be enticed by a better prospect – that’s human nature and it happens to everyone. I think my issue with this movie is not so much that he cheated, but at the way it was made to appear as destiny. I would have been far more inclined to believe that Everett just needed a week of passion and therefore got with Chase because he needed the sexual release. Perhaps I would have been even more on board with the story had Everett and Chase been old lovers, and a flame once thought to have been extinguished was reignited, and old feelings came back up. Both those scenarios – had they happened in real life – would not make the cheating any less of a betrayal, but would at least provoke sympathy… or, at the very least, empathy. However, Everett and Chase had known each other for all of a week, and we’re supposed to believe that they’d fallen so hopelessly in love with each other in all that time? Mind you, the “love” started being professed after day two of their encounter. I’ve had zits that have lasted for longer than a week, and I was no more in love with them than these two should have any right to claim to be in love. The entire movie was just so cheesy: the story was cheesy, the stage directions were cheesy, the ending was cheesy. God, a Dominos Pizza kitchen would have had a field day with this movie.

In spite of the aforementioned downsides, Redwoods was, for the most part, quite well acted. Despite the incredibility of the story itself, I did believe in the acting. Do I believe that two people can fall in love in less time than it takes to binge-watch your favourite show on Netflix? Not a chance in hell. Did the actors’ portrayals in Redwoods make me believe that they had? Indeed, they did. Had the story revolved around an alternate set of circumstances, I have no doubt that it would have been a much more beautiful love story.

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