There isn't likely to be a more socially pertinent film to have been released this summer than "I Do," Glenn Gaylord's smart dramedy that centers on two hot button issues: LGBT marriage and immigration. Handsomely lensed and well-acted, this little indie dares to do what Hollywood refuses to do.
Set in the not-too-distant past (i.e., before the Supreme Court ruled this past June), the plot concerns Jack (David W. Ross), a Brit, gay ex-pat long a resident of NYC, who faces deportation. His solution comes with a marriage to Allison, his lesbian bf (Jamie-Lynn Sigler from "The Sopranos"). This will keep him close to the daughter of his late brother and his girlfriend, to whom he's become a surrogate dad.
Complicating matters is Manu (Maurice Compte), a sweet-tempered Spanish architect he falls for. Manu wants to make things more serious, but Jack's marriage (and its accompanying personal baggage) is in the way.
The hunky Ross (who also wrote the script), plays David with a self-effacing sincerity that goes a long way to making his plight both real and sympathetic. He's nicely matched with Sigler, whose emotionally needy Allison is touchingly believable.
Ross's script tempers a rom-com sensibility with pointed insights that keeps "I Do" rooted in reality. What is most refreshing about the film is how it illustrates a relevant issue with clarity and humor. Rather than slip into typical genre tropes, Gaylord's film opts for a genuine, if bittersweet coda. And David Maurice's sleek photography gives the film an accomplished look that would be the envy of Hollywood films made at twenty times its cost. "I Do" resonates and touches.
Breaking Glass Pictures