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All Over the Guy is a 2001 American gay-themed romantic comedy film directed by Julie Davis and written by Dan Bucatinsky.[2]

All Over the Guy
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byJulie Davis
Produced bySusan Deitz
Juan Mas
Dan Bucatinsky
Donnie Land
Juan A. Mas
Written byDan Bucatinsky
StarringSasha Alexander
Dan Bucatinsky
Adam Goldberg
Joanna Kerns
Lisa Kudrow
Andrea Martin
Christina Ricci
Doris Roberts
Richard Ruccolo
Music byPeter Stuart
Andrew Williams
CinematographyGoran Pavicevic
Edited byGlenn Garland
Mary Morrisey
Distributed byLionsgate Films
Release date
  • August 10, 2001 (2001-08-10)
Running time
95 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1,051,948[1]


All Over the Guy is about Eli (Dan Bucatinsky) and Tom (Richard Ruccolo). The film is told mostly in flashback, with Eli recounting his side to Esther (Doris Roberts), an HIV clinic worker as he waits for test results and Tom to a guy he meets at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. Tom is the son of emotionally distant alcoholic WASP parents who never quite accepted his sexual orientation and as a result is a heavy drinker himself and has a penchant for random hookups with different men. Eli's parents are both Jewish psychiatrists who raised him to be emotionally open but ended up making him neurotic.

Tom and Eli are set up on a blind date by their best friends, Jackie (Sasha Alexander) and Brett (Adam Goldberg), who think they would be a perfect match. They're both looking for 'The One', but don't recognize it when they find it. On the date, a boring evening is broken up only by an amusing diatribe by Tom against the movie In & Out. A few days later they run into each other at a flea market and hit it off, winding up back at Eli's place where Tom spends the night. The next morning Tom says that it was a mistake.

Jackie and Brett decide to try again to set them up, and the two men start to develop a relationship. Tom's fear of becoming emotionally close coupled with Eli's own insecurities makes it difficult for them to maintain, but Jackie and Brett get engaged which forces Tom and Eli together. They disguise their unease behind petty arguments over meaningless details of grammar and pronunciation but are finally able to push past the pettiness and make love. Eli tells Tom he loves him and Tom, terrified, lashes out at him the next day and drives him away.

The flashbacks end here on the day of Brett and Jackie's wedding. Esther tries to teach Eli to be more understanding of Tom's emotional needs. The AA member tries to sexually assault Tom, and when he tells Jackie she upbraids him for throwing Eli away for daring to fall for him. At the reception, Eli and Tom come to realize that they have to overcome their families' dysfunction and their own fears.


All Over the Guy premiered in 2001, with a small band called Kara's Flowers on hand to perform at the after party. That band later changed its name to Maroon 5.[3]

Critical receptionEdit

The film received mixed reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 43% out of 47 professional critics gave the film a positive review, with an average rating of 4.9/10.[4]

Kevin Maynard from Mr. Showbiz wrote “While both leads are appealing enough, it’s the stuff on the sidelines that keeps All Over the Guy entertaining.”[3] Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times wrote “A romantic comedy of wit and substance that actor-writer Dan Bucatinsky and director Julie Davis have moved gracefully from stage to screen with a change of title and sexual orientation.”[3]


  1. ^ All Over Guy - Box Office Mojo Retrieved 2010-05-27.
  2. ^ "All Over the Guy". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Alexander Ryll. "Essential Gay Themed Films To Watch, All Over The Guy". Gay Essential. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  4. ^ All Over The Guy. Rotten Tomatoes. Flixter. Retrieved on 14 June 2012.

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