June 23, 2016 at 2:52 pm #1201855738
No way I’m watching the trailer.
Hopefully this lives up to our lofty expectations!June 23, 2016 at 3:03 pm #1201855742
Even though I loved Hello Ladies, it was another one and done show with a wrap up movie finale and it pulled off a nomination. It all depends on the quality of movies this season.July 24, 2016 at 9:53 am #1201879530This post was found to be inappropriate by the moderators and has been removed.July 24, 2016 at 11:42 am #1201879543
I too am surprised to see no one else has commented on the Movie yet. I know a lot of people (here at least) were disappointed to see this project dumped on a random Saturday night in July, but I really did not care. I was simply happy to get a film to wrap things up and the film did not disappoint me in the least bit.
The film gave me what I wanted the most, which was closure to the series. While not everyone may have gotten a happy ending in the truest sense, all the characters ended up in places that felt natural for them. I was surprised to see Eddie and Agustin getting married, but it was a nice way to get everyone back together.
The only part I did not care for was the entire scene with Russell Tovey. That scene felt a little unnecessary as it only re-hashed issues that long should have been taken care of. Or it did not feel necessary for the film to go back and revisit the whole Patrick and Kevin failed relationship. It felt like little more than an excuse to have Russell Tovey back.
Despite that, that movie as a whole was very enjoyable. It had the same tone, pace, and feeling of the previous two seasons. I for one was happy to see Patrick and Richie get back together again. I was never a fan of the whole Patrick and Kevin relationship. Nor did I understand why so many people ever were. I always rooted for Patrick and Richie and was glad to see them work things out to a degree.
Sorry, I have to disagree about Tyne Daly. It was nice to see her again, but there was nothing memorable or significant about her performance or role in the film. I am guessing she did this as a nice shoutout to the gay community, and that is fine. I have a difficult time seeing the Academy remembering this next summer, but honestly I am okay with that. The movie provided me with closure to the series, and that is all I really wanted from it.July 24, 2016 at 2:43 pm #1201879603
This was a very sweet movie, i’m not 100% satisfied because i wanted to see Richie and Patrick share one last kiss or night, but it works. It’s just a long episode.
It’s deserving of nominations for Best TV Movie, Lead Actor, Supporting Actor (Frankie J. Alvarez) and Supporting Actress (Lauren Weedman), i think not having to separate it as a Comedy or Drama can help, because Jonathan Groff and Frankie both have great dramatic scenes, but Weedman is a killer with her comedy.
And that scene of Groff rimming, sweet dreams to me.July 24, 2016 at 4:27 pm #1201879642This post was found to be inappropriate by the moderators and has been removed.July 24, 2016 at 4:58 pm #1201879650
It was a satisfying movie and conclusion to the series. Andrew Haigh and Michael Lannon should be proud of this effort. At best, I could see a writing Emmy nomination happen next year for those two guys, or possibly a Television Movie nod in the barren wasteland of the category. Jonathan Groff carried this beautifully, and I wouldn’t mind a nomination for him either, especially now that his profile is greatly raised in a post-“Hamilton” world. This unfortunate summer scheduling hampers a great deal of its awards realities, but at least HBO gave them a conclusion. Other shows of theirs are still waiting this same treatment (“Deadwood” immediately comes to mind, along with a few others). I really liked the encompassing and compassionate view of these characters’ lives assuming their natural conclusions. Agustin and Eddie getting married was certainly an interesting development I wasn’t quite expecting. The leaps that Frankie J. Alverez made on this series is staggering, and getting someone like Daniel Franzese to raise his acting game up certainly helped. Seeing the old gang was great! The only issue I might have had here was too much of a “reuniony” feel to things ALL THE TIME. Not sure if I needed to see Frank or Malik again, or Richie’s awful boyfriend Brady (other than to facilitate a reconciliation between Patrick and Richie). As much as I admired Raúl Castillo’s run on the series, I think I’m Team Kevin this go ’round. Russell Tovey might have given his best show performance ever, and that coffee shop scene between Patrick and Kevin was the true centerpiece of the movie. I hope that acting classes study this two-handed exchange in future years, b/c it was that stellar, incendiary, and relevatory. I halfway wanted Patrick to hop the next flight to London to get his man back. They even gave us a little bit of fan service with a possible hook-up between Patrick and Dom, which I’m glad didn’t go anywhere. I’d rather those two be friends in the end. The show only needs one manwhore in it, not two. Murray Bartlett deserved better than this, and part of me was hoping for at least a cameo from Scott Bakula (too busy cashing in mindless “CSI: NO” money, no doubt). Lauren Weedman is a goddess. Let’s hope the Emmy gods are shining down on us, so she’ll get a supporting actress nod to make up for two years of unfortunate snubbing. If the 5% rule wasn’t in play, I’d also recognize Tyne Daly in her brief guest star appearance as the judge. That’s the first time I’ve heard about her gay closeted dad. Fascinating information. It explains many of her career choices and lifelong advocacy issues. Her appearance gave this some needed heft and gravitas, yet it didn’t distract from the ensemble’s lived-in beauty and nuances. Hilarious, bittersweet, sad, uncomfortable, and everything in between. I’ll miss “Looking” dearly. Cheers!July 24, 2016 at 5:53 pm #1201879656
I really liked the episode. Groff was wonderful. The beginning of the series it was finding its footing but by the end of season 1 it was must see for me. I never was a fan of Patrick and Richie together. I’m not sure why, if it was that Richie didn’t seem as ambitious about his employment as Patrick or if his acting was a little too low key and stilted for me. I was usually Team Kevin because he challenged Patrick and kept him uncomfortable, in a good way.
I like the way Augustin has grown and I wished Dom had more than just his work. But I was happy for Augustin but why Eddie gotta be a husky boy? I’m also Eddie and I’ve lost over 30 pounds this year! haha I kid I kid. Not about my weight loss or name but my being upset with it LOL. I feel like a mix of Patrick and Dom haha. And I’m glad they didn’t hook up, that would have been awkward. Glad for some but not too much Doris. To me, the story needs to be about Patrick and his friends, not his friends’ girls. Or maybe it’s because I don’t have a “best girlfriend” I treat like one of the guys? But some Doris is fine. The less said about Brady they better.
OK, the final scene, the nod and the tear, what did that mean? Did he say yes for Patrick to take the job? Yes that he’d stay too? Yes to the job and no to him staying? We weren’t quite sure hahaJuly 24, 2016 at 6:18 pm #1201879661
Ugh I still have to wait three days to watch this. Hopefully it doesn’t make Kevin look any more like an a-hole. I like that character a lot.July 24, 2016 at 9:36 pm #1201879686
Sorry, but for the life of me I cannot understand how or why anyone ever supported the Patrick and Kevin relationship. The relationship was nothing but a mess from the start and Patrick was never going to be anything more than a glorified mistress. Or Patrick was nothing more than a warm body until Kevin hopped into the next bed, which he was already seeking to do even as Patrick moved in (judging by how he never left Grindr).
Maybe it’s just me but I have a hard time celebrating an affair. I know they eventually became a couple, but that does not change the fact their relationship started as an affair. And as they always say, if someone was willing to cheat in order to be with you, then chances are they are probably going to cheat on you as well. And low and behold, kevin was going to do just that on Patrick. They also always say that husbands never leave their wives, and it turns out Kevin went running back to John right after Patrick was gone. Chances are he would have done that whether him and Patrick broke up or not.
I never saw their relationship as nothing but red hot lust and little more. They barely knew anything about each other beyond the surface. Heck I swear Richie and Patrick learned more about each other on their one date in “Looking for the Future” than Kevin and Patrick did in their entire time together. I always thought their relationship was more a product of Patrick being so desperate to be in a relationship that he was willing to be with someone as disgusting as Kevin. The other reason was so Patrick could justify being more than just a mistress.
Sorry, but how did Kevin challenge Patrick? The only thing Kevin ever did for Patrick was hurt and disappoint him. Not to mention make him constantly feel gross and disgusting about himself while they were having an affair. Yes, Kevin may have made Patrick feel uncomfortable, but it was not in a positive way in the least bit.
If anyone challenged Patrick, that was Richie. Richie always challenged him to be introspective and reflective, and to grow and learn as a person and a couple. Unlike with Kevin where I only saw lust, I always felt a natural and genuine chemistry between Richie and Patrick. It may not have been obvious, but I always felt a spark between the two of them.
Unlike most, I am glad Patrick and Kevin broke up and did not get back together in the movie. I am also happy and thrilled to see Patrick and Richie potentially back together, giving it a shot again. I always rooted for the two of them and felt they would find their way back to each other.July 25, 2016 at 9:52 am #1201879781
The movie felt simple without being wrapped too neatly, you know what I mean? There were still long and dragging conversations, but I listened to all of them since it will be the last time that I get to do so. And the moment I let go of my previous reservations about the show (slow pacing and what not), I truly felt for Groff’s character, Patrick. His emotional journey for those 80 minutes or so was pretty spectacular for me.
A very satisfying end for a less-than-satisfying series. Honestly, it was better than I expected. It feels nice to get a proper closure.July 25, 2016 at 12:34 pm #1201879909
I have to watch it, damn!July 26, 2016 at 1:53 pm #1201880441
Watching with friends tonight!July 28, 2016 at 12:27 am #1201881008
It was so nice to spend more time in this world and it is too bad that we are not getting further seasons. I did not realize how much I missed it. I had some reservations about the eighty-minute runtime, but the movie felt neither too long nor like three normal episodes awkwardly jumbled together. I suppose that they could have made it super tight and cut it down to an hour, but I really like the version that we got. Finales either check in with everyone to give everyone closure or they zero in on the lead; this leaned more to the latter, which surprised me with the expanded runtime. Give Jonathan Groff the Emmy.
I was in love with Richie during the first season, then could not believe that the show had successfully swayed me to ship Kevin by the end of the second season, but for this movie, the truest ending to me would have been for Patrick to end up with neither and just to reconcile those relationships as learning experiences. Ending up with who he did felt like the opposite of closure to me and actually just like him repeating a mistake.
Still, the finale was an emotional journey regardless of its outcome. Would have been nice to see Scott Bakula again, as he was a highlight of the series and this finale seemed to go out of its way to bring back exes. With anthologies taking over, a writing nomination seems out of reach (and the cast and crafts were anyway), so I can only hope that it is able to edge out a movie nomination in that typically-weak field, but that is probably wishful thinking, given that HBO’s other summer movies this decade 7 Days in Hell and Clear History were shut out (“comedies” too). Cleve Jones cameo!July 29, 2016 at 2:43 pm #1201881647
I loved this movie, really made the closure that we need, but I feel very sad that we had so little time with these characters. I loved the scene between Patrick and Kevin, it was really hard and that kiss was EVERYTHING. Groff was easily the MVP and the last scene was so adorable, I’ll certainly miss this world.
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