It turns out that they have common interests, including movies.
The joke is that Todd then has to defend his straightness while everyone around him, including his supportive mom (Sally Kirkland) and gay co-workers, try to be understanding and brush aside his protestations that no, he isn't really gay.
It doesn't help matters that Barry suddenly proclaims that he too is gay, sporting a studded leather collar and other "gay" gear.
Todd is confused because he genuinely likes Kelly, who owns a chain of salons. He even experiments a little with Kelly, although there is never a question as to where his heart -- and sexuality -- lie.
Luckily, there is Kelly's very attractive heterosexual roommate (Elaine Hendrix) waiting in the wings.
Although overdone at times, particularly in the broad portrayal of gay characters, this is an engaging look at the new realities of romantic life.
"Coffee Date" suggests that just because someone is gay or straight is not an adequate measure of their personal worth or attractiveness, whether love or friendship is in question.
The cast is likable, particular Bray, who nicely evokes Todd's confusion and perplexity, and Cruz, who makes Kelly more than just another gay stereotype: When his heart is broken, it's more than believable.
Stars: Jonathan Silverman, Jonathan Bray, Elaine Hendrix
Director: Stewart Wade
Length: 94 minutes
Where: Salem Cinema www.statesmanjournal.com