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Emily Brooke Hands,
Gabriel, an aspiring writer of Broadway musicals, meets Mark, a muscled stripper, who picks him up on the subway. They spend the night trying to find somewhere to be alone... forced to contend with Gabriel's selfish roommate, his irritating best friend, and a vicious, jealous drag queen in a gay dance club. The sun rises on a promising new relationship. Written by
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[to Perry's ex]
Yeah, but we discovered we're both out-and-out tops... so we're makin' the rounds tonight... lookin' for a couple of hot bottoms.
[Pointing to Gabriel]
We got one.
Did I say you could talk?
No, thank you?
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Did I see the same movie as some of the other folks who have posted reviews for "Trick"? My lover and I just watched this last night in New York City, with a predominantly gay audience, and we found it a delightful, unpretentious little comedy.
For starters, this is a "romantic comedy", making full use of all the cliches and conventions of the genre (i.e., our lovers "meet cute" on the subway and endless complications keep them apart). None of this is new, but when I see people complain about these plot devices I wonder just how many movies these people have ever seen? All this groundwork was laid down long, long ago in the silent era and certainly in the golden age of "screwball comedy" in the '30s. So, the idea today is to see how well a filmmaker uses these conventions, not to wonder why none of this isn't terribly original! In the case of "Trick", these rules of film comedy are applied very well.
This film is also, obviously, a "comedy of frustration" in that our two lovers want each other but can't have each other. Events and people conspire against them. Again, none of this is terribly original, but it is well played and diverting. I especially enjoyed the absence of any stupid "heart-felt", sentimental and unmotivated moments that mar so many contemporary Hollywood movies. For instance, the relationship between Gabriel (Christian Campbell) and his best gal pal (Tori Spelling) was quite realistic. She was a difficult-to-get-along with old friend, the kind you find hard to move on from. And the relationship (dating, we are told, from high school days) was convincingly complicated. Yes, she was self-centered, neurotic, even ridiculous. But, then some women are (as are some men). This is misogynistic? What, was she supposed to be some drippy, supportive, self-effacing female saint of a best friend offering her shoulder for Christian to cry on? I liked her better as played by Tori Spelling. Incidentally, Spelling has a marvelous scene of hysteria when she goes off in the diner about the cheese fries!
The acting in this film was uniformly good, and quite high level for an independent film. Far from being a "numb skull", I thought J.P. Pitoc gave the go-go boy character real depth and sympathy. He was beautifully subtle in the first scene in Gabriel's apartment when you can see his interest in Gabriel come alive beyond a casual sexual attraction. This deepening flicker of interest easily explains Mark's staying around through a frustrating evening: he sensed there is more to Gabriel and he wants to find out what. Made perfect sense to me. Also (duh!) if he didn't stick around we would have no plot!
The drag queen (Clinton Leupp) has a very funny monologue, also. His presence in this film was perfectly logical: they are in a gay dance club in Manhattan for gosh sakes! Drag queens do hang out in such places! Further, his entrance into the men's room is also well set-up; he sees Gabriel dancing with Mark and follows him into the john to give him some dirt. Motivation: jealousy! I cannot understand anyone faulting the screenplay on this note.
All-in-all, this is a slight, but very entertaining little film that tugs at the heartstrings a bit. And it certainly is a crowd pleaser! To hear a jaded NYC audience hooting and hollaring at any comedy was refreshing. "Trick" is a carefree delight!
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