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John (Jonathan Wade-Drahos) finds himself regaining consciousness in a public bathroom at The Red Party. As he contemplates his image in the mirror, he flashes back to when he was a small-town Illinois cop, whose captain suggests a move to Los Angeles, in order for John to discover a more sympathetic environment. John packs up his truck, drives cross country, and moves in with his cousin Tad (Daniel Kucan), who's now living with his ex, Gill (Brian Lane Green) and Tad's new boy toy, DJ Julian (Darryl Stephens). Tad is making a documentary about the gay circuit and the party culture, while Julian is a circuit party DJ. Gill invites John to a Hollywood Hills party, where John meets Hector (Andre Khabbazi), a male prostitute, who's battling his personal demons of looks and age. John and Hector form a budding friendship as John experiences a downward spiral into the sex and drug-fueled world of the gay circuit party scene. Will John survive? Written by
Early in the film, John (Jonathan Wade-Drahos) drives into Los Angeles/West Hollywood, and as he drives, he passes by several iconic gay bars, Rage at 8911 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood; Mother Load at 8944 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood; Spike (now CLOSED) at 7746 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood; and Mickey's 8857 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069. The camera lingers over the bar signs just long enough for the audience to take notice. See more »
Early in the film, John (Jonathan Wade-Drahos) drives into Los Angeles/West Hollywood, and as he drives, he passes by several iconic gay bars, Rage at 8911 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood; Mother Load at 8944 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood; Spike (now CLOSED) at 7746 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood; and Mickey's 8857 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069; in that order. However, it would be impossible to drive by those bars in that order, without changing direction at least three times. See more »
I saw this at the Reel Pride festival last November (2001), and couldn't stop thinking about it for days afterward. While it's been called a "wake-up call" to some members of the gay community it doesn't come off as didactic as it could. Instead you find yourself caring about the characters and wondering what will happen to them after the movie ends.
The only thing wrong with the film is the intended main character, i.e., the cop who leaves the repressive and hostile smalltown life for the wildlife of West Hollywood. While his character is not a static one, the changes that take place in his life seem to come as a result of his passivity rather than any active move on his part. This isn't helped by the bland and vanilla acting of Jonathan Wade-Drahos. Andre Khabbazi as the jaded Hector on the other hand brings much to his character, and so Hector becomes the one your heart goes out to. Wade-Drahos acting aside, this is a well-told story, and one that merits a wide release. Check it out as soon as you can. As for me, I can't wait for the video.
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