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Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss (1998)

R  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  24 July 1998 (USA)
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Billy is a gay fine-arts photographer who falls in love with straight coffee-shop waiter Gabriel.

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Billy Collier
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Gabriel
Richard Ganoung ...
Perry
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Georgiana
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Whitey
Armando Valdes-Kennedy ...
Fernando
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Rex Webster
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Gundy (as Carmine D. Giovinazzo)
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Holly
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Mark Allen Anderson ...
Peter
Bonnie Biehl ...
Connie Rogers
Chad Boardman ...
Drag Chorus
Les Borsay ...
Les
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Andrew
Robbie Cain ...
Joshua
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Billy, a struggling young gay photographer (who likes Polaroids), tired of being the "other man", falls in love with Gabriel, a waiter and aspiring musician who is probably straight but possibly gay or at least curious. Billy tries to get Gabriel to model for his latest project, a series of remakes of famous Hollywood screen kisses, featuring male couples, while also trying to win his affections. Written by Matthew Fillmore <MFillmore@Pensive.Org>

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Lights!... Camera!... Attraction!

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated R for language, some sexuality and drug content | See all certifications »

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24 July 1998 (USA)  »

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Billy's Hollywood  »

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$117,089 (USA) (24 July 1998)

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$2,020,700 (USA) (18 September 1998)
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When Billy and Gabriel are lying in bed and Billy gets up, the pillows change between shots. See more »

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Billy: So...
Gabriel: Cigarette. What do you do?
Billy: This.
Gabriel: Of course. And you're gay?
Billy: Do I act gay?
Gabriel: Kind of.
Billy: You're straight?
Gabriel: Girlfriend in San Francisco. What's that supposed to mean?
Billy: Nothing. Some of my best friends are...
Gabriel: Straight?
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Sweet-natured comedy hits all the right grace notes
27 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

"Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss"

Aspect ratio: 2.39:1 (Panavision)

Sound format: Dolby Stereo

An LA photographer (Sean Hayes) falls madly in lust with an aspiring model (Brad Rowe) who's been hired to pose in a series of pictures inspired by old-time Hollywood movies. But Hayes receives mixed signals from the object of his desire - is he gay, or isn't he? - which leads to complications of the heart...

Described as a 'trifle' by writer-director Tommy O'Haver (ELLA ENCHANTED), this unassuming confection asks little more of its audience than to enjoy the scenery (both geographical and human!) and to pine along with its luckless protagonist as he pursues the hunk of his dreams. Those familiar with Hayes' outrageous turn in TV's "Will & Grace" may be disappointed by his restraint as a bland, scatterbrained idealist who learns the hard way that the course of true love never ran smoothly, especially in LA. Spiced with dream sequences that recreate moments from Hollywood's 'golden age' (most impressively, an Astaire-Rogers dance routine between Hayes and Rowe to the strains of Petula Clark, with drag queens on backing vocals!), the film pays affectionate tribute to the movies of a bygone era, movies which inspire the leading character on his never-ending quest for perfect happiness. Watch out for the magical scene in which Hayes and Rowe share a bed for purely platonic reasons, only to end up touching each other by 'accident'...

Also starring Meredith Scott Lynn (STANDING ON FISHES), Richard Ganoung (PARTING GLANCES), Paul Bartel (EATING RAOUL), Carmine D. Giovinazzo (IN ENEMY HANDS), and Warhol 'superstar' Holly Woodlawn (WOMEN IN REVOLT) as a musical attraction at the gayest party in town! Beautiful widescreen cinematography by Mark Mervis (HELLBENT).


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