Genre Guesstimation – It’s My Party (1996)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Getter of Mettel Ray and we will be reviewing our favorite LGBTQ+ Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Apr by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Getter!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of LGBTQ+ Movies..

“I might as well have a cigarette. It’s not like it’s going to kill me, right? ” – Nick

Number of Times Seen – 1 (23 Apr 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A look at how a gay couple deal with the fact that one of them is tested positive for AIDS.

My Take on it – This is a film that I knew nothing about when I came across it in my research for this month’s GG series.

They give us an intriguing look at how AIDS can affect a couple with a very strong relationship.

We get to see how people deal with the fact that life has thrown something unexpected at them and they must find a way to ‘weather the storm’ with all the bumps along the way.

The cast of this film is amazing and features Eric Roberts, Gregory Harrison, Margaret Cho, Bruce Davison, Olivia Newton-John, Lee Grant, Marlee Matlin, Roddy MacDowell, Bronson Pinchot, Sally Kellerman and George Segal.

Unfortunately, most of them have very small parts despite things having the potential to being more powerful.

The film lacks more emotion and that’s a shame because the potential for greatness is present.

The film has a great message about making choice sin life and that resonates throughout even if the story isn’t perfect.

Bottom Line – Intriguing look at how AIDS could affect a seemingly very strong couple. The story looks at how life throws us things that we don’t expect and how we all need to find a way to deal with these bumps in the road.  The cast of this film is amazing and features so many recognizable stars but unfortunately most of them have relatively small parts here. The biggest problem with this movie is the fact that as powerful as this story should be, the story lacks more emotion in all that occurs.  The message about making choices and finding ways to deal with them resonates well even if this film is far from perfect in all that it does. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Bruce Davison was shooting another movie and could only clear one Saturday for this film. All his scenes were shot on that one day, and he had no script. The director explained the arc of the scene, and Davison improvised all his lines. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not quite. The story is good but it’s so hard to  actually feel the emotions of these characters despite the difficult situations they find themselves in.

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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2 thoughts on “Genre Guesstimation – It’s My Party (1996)

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