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Luster -- Luster is a refreshingly funny and sexy look at unrequited love. Jackson, a cute, lanky, blue-haired poet who works in a record store, is at the center of Everett Lewis' twisted black LA comedy. He's got a crush on the sexy young blonde, Billy, who he met at an orgy the other night. But Billy's not into him, he's in love with Sonny, a musician into S&M. And although Billy doesn't want Jackson, two other guys do: Derek, a clean-cut record store customer, and Sam, the straight record store owner. Into this mix is thrown Jed, Jackson's hunky cousin, which leads Jackson to seriously contemplate the technicalities of incest. Before he can do anything about it, though, Jed is seduced by Jackson's lesbian artist friend. What's a boy to do?


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  (in credits order)
Justin Herwick ... Jackson
Shane Powers ... Sam
B. Wyatt ... Jed / Orgy Body (as b. Wyatt)

Pamela Gidley ... Alyssa
Susannah Melvoin ... Sandra

Jonah Blechman ... Billy

Sean Thibodeau ... Derek

Willie Garson ... Sonny Spike
Gabriel Dell Jr. ... Private Investigator (as Gabriel Dell jr.)

Henriette Mantel ... Sam's Mom

Norman Reedus ... Sextools Delivery Boy (as Norman Reedis)
Chris Freeman ... Kurt Domain

JD Cullum ... Ned Smythe (as J.D. Cullum)
Brian Grillo ... Bartender

Michael McCraine ... Orgy Girl (as Mikee McCraine)
Beth Lapides ... Gallery Owner
BunBoy ... Herman / Orgy Body (as 'BunBoy!')

Stephen Berra ... Skaterboy (as Steve Berra)
Chad Kula ... Pressure Zone Photographer
Justin Bloomenthal ... Impressionable Customer
Tra-Mi Callahan ... No Life Content Customer

Patricia Scanlon ... Stoned Customer (as Patti Scanlon)
Shon Greenblatt ... Blowdogg
Peter Taylor ... Madonna Customer
Nick Hyman ... Bribed Customer
Nicole Dillenberg ... Pressure Zone Editor #1
Lesa Carlson ... Pressure Zone Editor #2 (as Lesa Carlson)
Tim Taylor ... Scooterboy
Adana Gardner ... Orgy Body
Mark Gardner ... Orgy Body

Directed by
Everett Lewis 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dennis Cooper  poetry
Everett Lewis  writer

Produced by
Garret Scullin .... associate producer
Robert Shulevitz .... producer
Original Music by
Michael Leon 
Cinematography by
Humberto De Luna (photography) (as Humberto DeLuna)
Film Editing by
Everett Lewis 
Casting by
Nicole Arbusto 
Joy Dickson 
Art Direction by
Alex Brewer-Disarufino  (as Alex Brewer Disarufino)
Costume Design by
Mimi Maxmen  (as Mimi Maxman)
Makeup Department
Laurie Depp .... soul make up artist
Production Management
Garret Scullin .... post-production supervisor
Art Department
Travis Hulsey .... prop graphic designer
Everett Lewis .... painting: 'Falling Man'
Sound Department
Richard W. Evans .... sound design: Best Little Post House in Hollywood (as Richard Evans)
Russ McCall .... dialogue editor: Best Little Post House in Hollywood
Erica Santamaria .... sound recordist (as Erica Santa Maria)
Richard W. Evans .... sound editor: Best Little Post House in Hollywood (uncredited)
Richard W. Evans .... sound re-recording mixer: Best Little Post House in Hollywood (uncredited)
Paul Holzborn .... foley artist (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Derek Anderson .... camera assistant
Justin Bloomenthal .... electrician
Justin Bloomenthal .... grip
Michael Correa .... camera assistant
Steve Frye .... electrician
Steve Frye .... grip
Amy C. Halpern .... photography: second unit (as Amy Halpern)
Chad Kula .... photographer: opening titles
Chad Kula .... still photographer
Lou LaProcido .... electrician (as Lou Laprocido)
Lou LaProcido .... grip (as Lou Laprocido)
Peter Michel .... electrician
Peter Michel .... grip
Cricket Peters .... camera assistant
Chris Quimby .... electrician
Chris Quimby .... grip
Editorial Department
Garret Scullin .... assistant editor
Music Department
Chuck Arnold .... music consultant
Chris Freeman .... music consultant
Mark Kreistl .... music supervisor
Garret Scullin .... music supervisor
Peter Taylor .... music consultant
Other crew
Kate Amend .... flatbed rental
Steve Hall .... production coordinator
Everett Lewis .... artist: 'Falling Man' painting
Kate Amend .... thanks
Chuck Arnold .... thanks
Laurence Austin .... dedicatee: 1927-1997
Bob Bassett .... thanks
Mark Buers .... thanks
Rebecca Chiao .... thanks
Dennis Cooper .... special thanks & inspiration: Garret's
Pansy Division .... special thanks & inspiration: Garret's
Adana Gardner .... thanks
Terry S. House .... thanks: City of West Hollywood (as Terry House)
Chad Kula .... special thanks & inspiration: Garret's
Ed Laroche .... special thanks & inspiration: Garret's
Everett Lewis .... special thanks & inspiration: Garret's
Carol McNally .... special thanks: The 9000 Sunset Building
Gardner Monks .... thanks
My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult .... special thanks & inspiration: Garret's
Susan Phelan .... special thanks: The 9000 Sunset Building
Lucas Reiner .... thanks
The Shulevitz Family .... thanks
Henry Shulevitz .... thanks
Nick Shulevitz .... thanks
Helena Sopwith .... thanks
Rebecca Tuynman .... special thanks & inspiration: Garret's
Maud Winchester .... thanks

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Also Known As:
"Muse" - USA (alternative title)
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92 min
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18 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
See it if you must, 23 January 2004
Author: sundog1 from New Mexico

Luster is a coming of age story about a group of 20 & 30 somethings in L.A. in the midst of an odyssey into their teens. And they are soooo cool & punk rock. They've got that really rebellious "I'm REAL punk rock & I'm not a poseur & you ARE & the rest of the world sux" thing from high school still going pretty strong.

Everyone in LA is infatuated with the lead character Jackson, even the "guy next door" who stalks him at work. I'm not sure why, since I was eventually hoping someone would smack Jackson upside the head & shut him up.

Amongst the film's problems are too many story lines & subplots fighting for attention, none of which seem to blend or create a sense of relevance to Jackson's life or a cohesive central theme. The worst of these is an S & M subplot that seems terribly contrived, misplaced, & rings totally false with the rest of the film's "realism."

There are a couple of funny moments, like the photographer & the interaction with her "subject."

And of course there are a couple of full frontals from a really good looking guy, which help this situation along slightly.

But worse of all, I never felt for a minute why Jackson was lusting for these guys & guys were lusting for him. There's no sexual chemistry in this movie between anyone. NADA. Just a bunch of obnoxious & pretentious brats pretending to deal with "real life" & "art." Yuck.

Plenty of better queer films out there.

See it if you must.

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