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Gabriel, an aspiring Broadway musical writer, meets Mark, a muscled stripper, who picks him up on the subway. They spend the night trying to find somewhere to be alone, but are forced to contend with Gabriel's selfish roommate, his irritating best friend, and a vicious, jealous drag queen in a gay dance club. When the sun finally rises, it does so on a promising new relationship. Starring Christian Campbell ("Refer Madness: The Movie Musical"), John Paul Pitoc ("Thank You, Good Night") and Tori Spelling ("The House of Yes," TV's "Beverly Hills 90210").
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 23
- Fresh: 18
- Rotten: 5
- Average Rating: 6.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: A highlight of the 1999 Sundance Film Fest, Jim Fall's charming romantic comedy deviates from mnny gay-themed by not dealing with AIDS or other "serious" issues, instead centering on "simple" matters like dating and getting laid.
When Was the Last Time a Movie Courted You?
This film has been on my radar for 14 years and I finally saw it. Now I understand why there is so much affection for this film. It's really a bundle of contradictions. It's a gay movie, but its flavor is ultimately very much old-fashioned rom-com. It is sexy and very out, but surprisingly chaste and tasteful. It is not focused on AIDS, coming out, or angst, but acknowledges these things without being defined by them. The comedy is effective but largely because all of the actors play their emotions totally straight-faced, drawing humor from recognizable human reactions under pressure, not because of one-liners or gags. The cast has unknowns and at least one star, but the casting doesn't feel lopsided as they are all terrific and have great group chemistry. Coco Peru would threaten to steal the movie as the evil drag queen if the rest of the cast were not so uniformly stellar. The iconic Tori Spelling and the fabulous but unknown Lori Bagley seem to be two flavors of screwball adorable. The two male leads are just knockouts. The director has coaxed two very memorable performances out of them. One thing that must be said is how fully the characters have been directed to use their bodies and inhabit them (or not inhabit them) to make us feel their unease or their confidence. Just look at hand acting in this film. When Gabriel doesn't know where to put his hands whenever they are not set at a piano keyboard or when Marc peels his shirt off with one unthinking hand as soon as he enters the club, it says volumes about their back history so economically. This is outstanding acting and outstanding direction. [SPOILER AHOY] Finally, the interesting thing about the film is that it is structured as a brutal series of instances of coitus interruptus. The boys keep getting sooo close to finding a place to hook up and keep getting interrupted so cruelly that an hour and a half of this should feel intensely frustrating. However, instead, it feels like the most exquisite foreplay and the most skillful teasing. By the lovely end of the film, which ends in just one chaste, but soulful kiss, you don't feel cheated, you don't feel teased, you feel COURTED, and when was the last time a movie made you feel like that? [EXEUNT SPOILER] So anyway, go rent it or buy it. You're welcome.
Where's the cheese on these GDF'ing Fries!
I love this movie! I had it on VHS, and watched it so much I wore the tape out. I'm so glad iTunes finally brought it into their library. This movie is a must see love story. Campy but acted. Miss Coco Peru is wonderfully sinister.
A rare and great movie. Thank you iTunes for offering this one! Why did it take you so long?
- Genre: Comedy
- Released: 1999
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