Though flawed in the way of so many romantic comedies (i.e., much weaker with the romance than with the comedy), writer-director Craig Chester's debut is a truly enjoyable movie. Light-hearted, sweet, and authentically funny, it falters only in the rare moments when it takes itself too seriously. The film opens in the late '80s, when protagonist Adam (played by Chester) is a shy, self-loathing Goth whose best friend is a fat-suited Parker Posey. Flash forward 17 years, and both are still single and still self-sabotaging. Then Adam meets Steve (Malcolm Gets) and begins a monogamous relationship with all the usual trappings: musical montage, overwritten flirtation, and life-long neuroses miraculously resolved. But Adam & Steve is so generous of spirit that you can't help but enjoy it. Chester has found a tone that's both knowing and sweet, ironic and heart-felt; he places his characters in cringingly compromising positions, but never condescends to them. The result is a maturity that transcends the movie's silly notions of romance.
Director: Craig Chester
Writer: Craig Chester
Producer: Kirkland Tibbels
Cast: Craig Chester, Malcolm Gets, Parker Posey, Chris Kattan, Melinda Dillon, Jennifer Echols, Kent Fuher, Steve Geary, Jack Guzman and Julie Hagerty