Rock Haven details
|Starring:||Owen Alabado, Sean Hoagland, Laura Jane Coles, Katheryn Hecht, Erin Daly|
|Genres:||Drama, Gay/Lesbian, Romance|
|Run time:||1 hour 18 minutes|
|Rental release:||26 May 2008|
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MOVINGBy Will from Reading UK. , 03 Jun 2008
[Highly rated reviewer]This movie was eagerly awaited by myself, it was a lovely film with a story that was moving......on the emotions,
It was a little slow in the begining but as it progressed you could see what was going to happen and I had hoped the ending would have been different, it reminded me of the choices I had to make,in all I felt it deserved the 5 STARS, The scenery was beautiful....infact I could live there myself, the main actors did so well and once you got into the storyline you were hooked to see how it would end.......Hope you enjoy it and are moved by it as I were.
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Good story held backBy PhilKewley (3 reviews) , 08 Feb 2012Very slow and poorly acted but interesting treatment of an interesting conflict, I really wanted to see some more aggressive characters, particularly the mom and the preacher, I don't either fully met up with the role. Bit of a lame ending too, with the energy of the two leads the film could have been much more powerful.
Owen AlabadoBy Hallam (1 review) , 18 Apr 2011
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideThis film is worth watching just to see Owen Alabado. He plays Clifford - the sexiest boy-next-door you'll ever wet-dream about. Never mind the pared-down script, the long silences, the overuse of moody sea and coastal shots, the lack of hard-ons - the way this guy looks, and the way he looks at you, makes up for a lot poor acting and naff lines. He's a dreamboat; all the fires of hell and damnation shouldn't have been strong enough to resist him. And yet they were, for the story itself is little more than Christian propaganda, reinforced by a piously disappointing ending. While Owen flies off to Barcelona, his little Christian ex-bf wanders the lonely shore hugging his Bible. I think we know who comes off best.
There's a serious intention to this film, and at times it rises to it, but the ending represents not a bold reversal of the expected but a real loss of nerve. We know that the Christian kid is only kidding himself in thinking he's overcome his gay desire for Clifford - he's merely postponed the day when he'll have to accept who he really is, or face a lifetime of hidden unhappiness. But we don't feel sorry for him, we just think he's either an idiot or unable to think for himself. His Christianity has made him selfish and self-destructive. Was this the point of that ending? I don't think so.
It's telling, by the way, that I can't remember the kid's name, even though I've only just watched the film. He certainly lacked anything approaching a personality. Whereas Owen...
Oh Lordy!By Rehan (128 reviews) from London , 12 Feb 2011At first I found this film so painfully earnest and so painfully badly-acted that I thought I couldn't get past 30 minutes, but then I somehow got caught up in it. God knows how, because there's a soundtrack of monumental naffness and a sort-of Christian message of cloying sickliness.
On the whole, would I recommend giving over more than an hour of your life to it? No.
Gay Christians !?!?!By dougthom (278 reviews) from Brighton,UK , 01 Feb 2011This movie started off so slowly. There is the 'Im not gay I just like guys' moment. The Christian aspect is all as I remember. Basically God loves you but notthose in the chruch. What it comes up with is that God created Gay Christians to challenge true Christians. Like how strong must your faith in God be, if all his followers hate you? This then pushes the thought of who God really loves. This is where Christian love is very conditional versa Gods. This movie is one for the romantics to and how gay guys can get on with girls as best friends. It is a shame that this let go to the love of his life due to the spiritual conflict spawned from his Mother. The mother cannot twig why there are barriers going up between her and her son - go figure. There are also some challenges for the mothers of both boys, how do you be a loving parent to your child and let him develop down his own path? There is the moment where the mother wants to cast him out, yet he is more of a 'child of god' that she is.
It is hard to imagine how anyone could be a devout Christian and gay, untll you realise being Christian has nothing to do with 'The Church' but God and you.
For me it was a sad movie but also had the 'first love' slush bits.
If he was a devout buddhist they would have been living happy every after in the first 30mins.
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Rock HavenBy anthonyb (8 reviews) from Hastings , 06 Aug 2010Sweet and cuddly wuddly - no surprises here but passable and the usual outcome for many coming of age movies. Some of the acting marginally wooden and the religious aspects makes you want to shout out. But then we tend to expect that. You don't have to think too much about the plot and the boys are cute so that makes it more acceptable.