Under One Roof | Chicago Reader

Under One Roof

There's a bit of the TV soap and sitcom in this San Francisco romance, but it's good-humored and erotic too. A young Chinese-American accountant living with his mom—that's the tradition until he's married—complains that he just watches his condoms expire. Mom, who doesn't want to know he's gay, rents a basement apartment to the very out Robert, and the two men fall in love. By putting off any contact between them for a half hour, director Todd Wilson lets them develop a sincere affection and builds a real sexual tension. The too cute voice-over sometimes irritates, but the somewhat sappy ending manages to be touching. 76 min.

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