An impulsive sexual encounter from her past haunts Amy, an otherwise seemingly normal young woman with a bright future and nice-guy fiancé. But her fiancé has suggested that the couple be completely honest and tell each other everything! When Amy finally relents, encouraged to tell the truth by her coworker and mother (neither of whom really knows what she has to disclose), and reveals her secret, all hell breaks loose.
Longtime comic Bob Goldthwait has directed a wonderfully perverse tale that adeptly explores honesty, family, forgiveness, and courage. In building on its premise by frankly probing our relationships and idealization of the virtue of absolute honesty, Stay becomes as perceptive a romantic comedy as you will see this year.
Outlandishly fun, edgy but centered, and sure to be one of the most talked-about films at the Festival, this is independent filmmaking at its best: raw, original, and edifying. Fueled by a standout lead performance by Melinda Page Hamilton, peopled with well-drawn characters, and infused with Goldthwait’s very special sensibilities, this sparkling comedy underscores the truism that it doesn’t take money to make a film that everyone wants to see. –Sundance
Robert Francis ‘Bobcat’ Goldthwait, born May 26, 1962, is an American comedian. He is most widely known for his high pitch voice during his comedy acts.
He was born in Syracuse, New York in 1962. He decided on a career as a comedian at an early age and was performing professionally while still in high school at the age of 15. He and classmate Tom Kenny performed in a comedy duo, billing themselves as “Bobcat and Tomcat”. Goldthwait became recognized as a solo stand-up comedian and had three televised concert specials in the 1980s: Bob Goldthwait – Is He Like That All the Time?, Evening with Bobcat Goldthwait: Share the Warmth (1987) (V) and Meat Bob.
Goldthwait’s first major film role was in Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985). He reprised the role in the next two films in the series.
During the fall of 1993 Goldthwait did stand up material as an opening act for Nirvana on what would be their final North American tour.
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I rather enjoyed this one, I found the acting to be pretty great, sometimes moving in some scenes, at times very dark with the humour. Nice look into relationships and what happens to them after a big secret is revealed, interesting subject matter here., to say the least. Bobcat does a nice job of writing and directing, very impressed with this flick.
It's certainly acerbic but to categorise this as black comedy or genre satire does it a disservice. Bolstered by a minuscule budget that largely confines it to credible domestic spaces, the film, and the performances, have a dramatic and formal seriousness unthinkable given its subject. There's an earnestness in its pragmatist subversion of moral truism unknown in most comedies, be they 'mainstream' or 'irreverent'.