Advertising executive Paul (Benjamin Lutz) won’t admit to himself that he never got over his ex-boyfriend, Brad (John Werskey). Pictures of Brad remain all over Paul’s bedroom, and they still work together. Former Bowflex model Ted (Jackson Palmer) completes the love triangle. When Ted calls Brad “babe,” Paul flips out and starts scheming.
Paul’s best friend Burt (Mike Pfaff) works at a cash-strapped clinic, where cancer patients seem to draw the most sympathy, so Paul gets a sick idea. Faking cancer might win Brad back. After that revelation, everything gets out of control quickly.
Despite the cruel subject matter, writer/director Michael Simon keeps the tone light throughout, constantly introducing outrageous characters and even more outrageous situations. An attractive cast and a willingness to try anything for a laugh help make The Love Patient an enjoyable romantic comedy.
In one of the DVD extras, Michael Simon mentions that he originally wrote the script with the central characters as a man and a woman, but later decided to make them gay men. As he points out, it leads to a refreshing case of a gay movie without traditional gay themes. Some of the characters just happen to be gay or bi.
Unlike many other DVDs, I even enjoyed the deleted scenes. Hopefully, Michael Simon will make more feature-length works. His short films include Is One of You Eddie? and Gay Zombie.