What Happens Next
When Love Catches You by Surprise …
“Solid gay rom-com.” — Queerty
After rich businessman Paul Greco (popular daytime star Jon Lindstrom) retires early, his imperious sister Elise (two-time Emmy Award® nominee Wendie Malick) tries to get him to settle down with the woman of her choosing. But Paul seems more interested in developing his friendship with Andy (cutie Chris Murrah), a charming gay man he meets at a dog park.
Handsome daytime lead Jon Lindstrom, (As the World Turns, General Hospital and Port Charles) stars as Paul Greco, an unmarried billionaire socialite who seems to have it all. Or does he? After Paul sells his business and retires he suddenly has more money and time than he knows what to do with. His overbearing (but well-meaning) sister Elise (the fabulous Wendie Malick — Just Shoot Me, Hot In Cleveland, All My Children) decides giving Paul a dog would be the perfect start.
With little else to do, Paul assumes the daily dog walking routine in the park. There he encounters Andy Chance (Chris Murrah), a young gay self-employed advertising whiz, who happens to walk his dog on the very same schedule. What starts as a casual daily meeting in the park, eventually develops into something a bit more questionable.
Andy and Paul find themselves in a series of comedic situations — due to differences in their personalities, upbringing, background and ages (not to mention the lack of clarity around their undefined relationship). This gets even more complicated by the influential and overbearing women in both of their lives. Elise senses definite and curious changes in Paul’s behavior and personality but becomes preoccupied about her own alternative lifestyle artist son, Brian (Ariel Shafir), with whom she has become seriously estranged. At the same time Andy’s adopted sister Roz (Natalia Cigliuti, All My Children), a high-powered art gallery owner, becomes overtly uncomfortable with Andy’s fascination over Paul, a straight philanthropist from an elite world of socialites and black-tie benefits.
This wonderful gay comedy is full of twists and turns. The elements of discovery, surprise and delight are everywhere. Through its portrayal of a unique relationship between two men, What Happens Next explores the meaning, definition and redefining of family and the nature of relationships.
Awards & Press Quotes
“A funny Philadelphia story… a great cast…. Wendie Malick is charismatic as Elise, Paul’s sister.” – Freddie DE Freitas, DC Weekly News
“The movie has something for everyone and Golden Globe nominee Wendie Malick delivers an outstanding performance as an over the top diva” – Andrew Shaw Entertainment at AQFF
“This delightfully romantic comedy is a cinematic aphrodisiac…” – HOTSPOTS Magazine
“The movie is relatable, moving at times, and playfully seductive as it closely examines the paradigms of relationships and love.” – Popstar.com
“Features exceptional acting from a cast of film and television veterans, a snappy script, and a joyful tale of love.” — Philadelphia QFest
“An old fashioned romantic comedy in every way possible.” — Philly2Philly.com
“If you want to see a sweet, fun film with a gay theme, this is definitely charming!” – Francine Brokaw – Independent Films @ 101