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Denied (2004)

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Troy, a recent high school graduate, is in love with his best friend Merrick, but Merrick isn't willing to be in a relationship with him. Troy is forced to deal with Merrick's selfishness, his own aching heart, and his unfulfilling life.


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Merrick (as Matt Austin)
Sarah Kanter ...
Stacey (as Sahrah Kanter)
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Troy, a recent high school graduate, is in love with his best friend Merrick, but Merrick isn't willing to be in a relationship with him. Troy is forced to deal with Merrick's selfishness, his own aching heart, and his unfulfilling life.

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Troy: I care about you. More than friends. More than just friends, Merrick.
Merrick: I know.
Troy: Why can't we kiss? Huh? I mean, why is it that we can do everything else but we can't kiss? I mean, do you know how many times we've had these late night sexual things? Cause I don't. Merrick, this is major. I've lost count.
Merrick: Yeah, I have too man, but, maybe I don't care as much as you do. You're in denial, Troy, you're in denial.
Troy: You sucked my dick, you're in denial.
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Might have worked better as a stage play
12 August 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I picked up a copy of Denied because it features one of my actor contacts. I didn't know what to expect. Lee Rumohr stars as Troy, a 20-something jock with a torturous attraction to his seemingly straight roommate. For the most part, Rumohr delivers a good performance -- far better than this sophomoric production deserves. Matt Austin is hit and miss in the role of Merrick, the object of Troy's affection. To Austin's credit, he gets saddled with moments of cringe-inducing dialogue the likes of which very few actors could sell. Sarah Kanter, Matthew Finlason (battling demons of his own), Nathalie Toriel and Stefan Brogren round out the supporting cast.

The entire piece has a voyeuristic look, almost like seeing through the lens of a low-rent documentarian. For some, the natural lighting and sound will serve as an interesting change from the typical Hollywood fare. Uncompromising realism. For others, it will serve only as a cheap distraction. Additionally, director David Scott lets much of the story play out in long takes--often master shots--either for effect or due to a tight shooting schedule. The end result isn't very cinematic. I couldn't help but think that, assisted by a good dramaturg, this might have worked better as a stage play.

Despite its many flaws I'm giving Denied a neutral rating rather than a negative one, if only for Rumohr's sincere effort. Finlason and Toriel are good as well in their respective roles. But when all is said and done, the journey is inconsequential.

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