In the first ever film adaptation of David Sedaris’ work, a cocky young man travels to Oregon to work on an apple farm. Out of his element, he finds his lifestyle and notions being picked apart by everyone who crosses his path. –Sundance Film Festival
I think the conflicted shape of the film originates from the gradual emergence of Alvarez's preference for Sedaris's prickly ideas (and indeed 'prickly' he does like, as prefaced by his debut) over the author's wry, caustic humor, which completely dissipates in the second half. Sedaris finds absurdity in the mundane by pitting it against his own absurd expectations. Still, Alvarez survives the attempt. A draw.
Without being completely overwrought with blatant stereotypes, C.O.G. manages to tell the story of a young gay man, lost in the battle of growing up and finding himself, all the while moving to a remote area in Oregon to, in essence, live a little. In the process, he finds Jesus and then finds the hypocrisy that comes with many of Christ's followers. A splendidly acted and scripted film, most definitely recommended.