93 min. minutes | Rated NR
In Save Me
, a self-destructive gay man is offered salvation from his depraved lifestyle by a most dubious source: Christian conversion therapists, proponents of the extensively discredited buttenacious behavior-modification treatment through which homosexual lovers of Jesus attempt to "pray away the gay." Overseeing operations at the residential treatment center where troubled tweaker Mark (Chad Allen, of Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman
) finds himself after an especially bumpy bout of partying-and-playing—is Gayle (Ugly Betty
's Judith Light), a Christian matron made dour by the death of her own gay son, of whom she's reminded a bit by her new charge Mark, who soon finds himself a fast-growing friendship with the would-be ex-gay dreamboat Scott (Queer as Folk
's Robert Gant), who threatens to upset Mark's vulnerable recovery with penetrating gazes and soulful birdhouse-painting. It’s a fully predictable tale of love and loss and life, and for each of Save Me
’s few smart moves there are a dozen clunkers, from the cardboard characters to the semaphore dialogue to the slow, stultifying seriousness choking the whole endeavor. It's depressing.
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