About the script...
The screenplay for The Perfect Wedding was inspired by The Cosby Show, a 1980s sitcom
featuring a black family in which the humor didn't come from the characters' race -- a TV
show that entertained without relying on or perpetuating stereotypes.
The Gaffney/Brockmann family writing team decided to take the same approach with this
gay romantic comedy after realizing that many GLBTQ movies either used closeted
characters as a source of humor, or were angsty coming-out stories.
Where were the movies about families like their own, where being gay was considered no
different than being tall or having freckles, where the ability to be true to one's self was
something to celebrate, where coming out -- or the fear of coming out -- didn't create even a
tiny bump in the road, let alone a conflict big enough for a movie-length story, where love and
support has been, is, and will be always present...?
Where were the gay characters who, thanks to the generations of incredibly courageous
GLTBQ people who came before them and refused to live life in the closet, could help redefine
normal -- by showing the movie-viewing public that they were not all that different from the
Julia Robertses, Hugh Grants, Anne Hathaways and Owen Wilsons who have laughed, cried,
and fallen in love in Hollywood's romantic comedies throughout the years?
Finding few movies like that, the Gaffney/Brockmann team decided to write their own.
The question of Paul and Gavin's sexuality is not a part of the story in The Perfect Wedding.
None of the gay characters are in the closet. Their families and friends all know that they are
gay, and no one cares. (Why should they?) There are no stereotypes -- the humor comes
from the situations the two romantic leads find themselves in, and their responses to the
obstacles they must overcome to win their happily-ever- after.
The story is light and set during the Christmas season. The focus is on the lives of one small
family as they deal with issues that all families face.
And the message is no different from any other romantic comedy: Life is better when you
take that risk and open yourself up to the possibility of finding that special someone to walk
beside you through good times and bad.