Film / Latter Days

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Latter Days is a 2003 romantic comedy starring Wes Ramsey and Steve Sandvoss. Aaron Davis (Steve Sandvoss) is a Mormon missionary who has just moved to Los Angeles with three other missionaries (one of them played by Joseph Gordon Levitt) in a small apartment. They aren't allowed any television, radio or anything that might lead them to temptation for the two years that they are working as missionaries. The problem is their openly gay next door neighbor, Christian Markelli (Wes Ramsey) and his roommate, Julie Taylor (Rebekah Johnson).

Christian gets into a bet that he can seduce one of the missionaries. Little does he know that Aaron is a closeted homosexual. They fall in love but deal with a lot of problems along the way.


This film features examples of:

  • All Gays Are Promiscuous: Christian got around quite a bit before meeting Aaron. Part of his dilemma was the notion of settling down..
  • Back Story: It wasn't included in the final cut, but supposedly Paul had to give up a Love Interest he met during a mission, and that would explain his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Benevolent Boss: Lilah, to the point of Team Mom.
  • Bungled Suicide: Aaron when he's outed and forced back to Utah. We spend a good chunk of the movie thinking he actually did it.
  • Cure Your Gays: Aaron is shown to be at an "Ex-Gay" treatment facility after his suicide attempt.
  • Darkest Hour: We get this with Christian thinking that Aaron is dead through suicide.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Ryder is pretty much a douche most of the film and the worst when it comes to anti-gay agenda, but actually does like Aaron. And after Aaron's flight leaves, he helps Christian out by telling him that there's a five-hour layover in Salt Lake City.
  • Magical Queer: A man dying of AIDS whom Christian spends some time with.
  • Snow Means Love: Christian confesses his love for Aaron in the snow in Salt Lake City.
  • The Bet: When the Mormon missionaries move in next door to Christian, he makes a bet with his friends that he can seduce one of them. However, this bet ends up having very little effect on the plot of the movie.
    • It may have been a contributing factor in Aaron's suicide attempt.
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