Perhaps more remarkable about the documentary "Married and Counting" than its enticing high concept — from December 2010 to April 2011, a gay male couple get legally married in every state that will let them — is how far same-sex marriage has come just since the film was shot (i.e., President
Directed, shot and edited by Allan Piper — and narrated by openly gay actor
They also travel to California for a spiritual commitment ceremony, as well as to their native Texas, where the guys attempt to square their marriage — and lives in general — with several wavering family members. While emotions run deep throughout the entire film, Pat and Stephen's time in Texas proves especially affecting.
As might be the case watching any couple repeatedly exchange wedding vows and proclaim their eternal love, things can get a bit mawkish. But there's no denying the sincerity of Pat and Stephen's powerful devotion — to each other and to the vital cause of marriage equality.
— Gary Goldstein
'Married and Counting.'
MPAA rating: None.
Running time: 1 hour, 33 minutes.
Playing: At Laemmle's Music Hall, Beverly Hills.