By Manar Ammar
“I do” is part drama part comedy and tackles some heavy issues including marriage equality and immigration in a light and, unfortunately, not-so-subtle tone.
Directed by Glenn Gaylord and starring its very own screenwriter; handsome and well built David W. Ross, who wrote himself a number of scenes where his shirt happens to be missing.
Ross plays Jack, an ex-patriate British man whose life is turned upside down when his brother Peter, played by Grant Bowler, is hit by a car and tragically dies. Now, Jack is forced to look after his brother’s pregnant fiancé Mya, Alicia Witt, who delivers an emotional portrait of a woman suffering in silence.
Of course, problems arise when Jack’s visa extension is refused. He then begins to seriously consider taking the “hush hush” advice of his lawyer and marry a woman in order to stay in the United States.
In comes Ali, played by Jamie-Lynn Sigler, who recurrently saves the day as the to be spouse.”¨”¨The marriage scene was the funniest in a film that struggled owning up to its own emotional weight.”¨
Soon afterwards, Jack meets the handsome Spanish-American love interest Mano, Maurice Compte, who stayed in tune with the character throughout the film. The pair, expectedly, fall in love, neglecting his faux bride and driving her to jealousy and fear.
Mya, who I believe was the weakest written character, and this is reflected in Sigler’s performance, decides to end the marriage deal and the now newborn love story with Mano is threatened. Despite Mano being a US citizen, they cannot get married as immigration falls under federal law and not state law, so their marriage would be useless.”¨
Now Jack is faced with another life changing sequence and has to let go and get moving.”¨”¨
The film has emotional moments, but overall it seems to lack consistency in keeping the level of energy up, despite the shaky camera and music that attempt to propel it forward with an almost gritty realistic approach.”¨”¨
The film’s strongest case naturally lies in its social and political message, yet it delivers it unstably. Despite its fluctuating narrative and flat parts, audiences would enjoy the relationships and of course, Ross’s fab abs.”¨”¨
Overall, the film is a useful entrance into the LGBT genre and while stumbling at times, gives a glimpse into the concepts of marriage and the struggle to find one’s way in a world that has yet to deliver full equal rights to all its citizens.
Directed by: Glenn Gaylord”¨
Screenwriter and lead actor: David W. Ross”¨
Also starring: Alicia Witt, Maurice Compte, Jamie-Lynn Sigler”¨