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Surprisingly, this didactic and self-consciously clever romantic comedy isn't annoying—it's refreshing, moving, and at times quite funny. Aphorisms fly in Dan Bucatinsky's screenplay, which is based on his play, but there are quotation marks around the quotation marks, and the cliches are reinvented in novel ways. Bucatinsky plays Eli, a commitmentphile who's drawn to a commitmentphobe named Tom, and the men flash back to their relationship in contexts that provide comedy and psychodrama. Eli spills his guts to a clinic employee as he waits for the results of an HIV test; an intercut Tom bends the ear of someone at an AA meeting. They also confide in their best friends, a woman and man whose relationship is rather pointedly designed—in a valiant effort to suggest truths and explode myths at the same time—to force a comparison between gay and nongay romance. Directed by Julie Davis; with Richard Ruccolo, Adam Goldberg, and Sasha Alexander. 92 min.

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