Austin Chronicle: No Rom-Com Gloss in That's Not Us

From The Austin Chronicle:

Love is a many-splendored thing. Love lifts us up where we belong. All you need is love. Relationships, on the other hand, are a bit more complex than a song lyric. At least, that's the idea behind Will Sullivan's semi-improvised romantic dramedy, That's Not Us.

The film follows three couples as they head to the beach for one last summer weekend. But what's supposed to be a fun getaway gets weighed down by real-life struggles. While the twosomes sound like the start of an offensive joke – a lesbian couple, a gay couple, and a straight couple walk into a bar – writers Sullivan and Derek Dodge instead show that, at the beach's end, all relationships share threads of commonality.

With only seven cast members (and a dog), That's Not Us dives into the complexities and nuances of relationships, both sexual and nonsexual, without ever feeling quite as trite as mainstream "gay" movies. "We shot the film last September," says Mark Berger, one of the film's producers and stars (he plays James). "The summer leading up to filming, we all rehearsed in our couples with Will. But we'd work around the scene – never quite tapping the actual bull's-eye."

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