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A Four Letter Word (2007)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  28 March 2008 (USA)
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Hook up artist Luke surprises himself when he considers becoming monogamous after meeting and dating smug and handsome Stephen, but Stephen might not be all that he seems, will Luke be disappointed?

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Luke
Paul Haje ...
Bouncer at Bar
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Stephen
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Zeke (as Cory Grant)
Steven M. Goldsmith ...
Peter (as Steven Goldsmith)
J.R. Rolley ...
Derek
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Marilyn
Jeremy Gender ...
Mace
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Trisha
Aaron Star ...
Yoga Instuctor
Jonathan Baird ...
Disgruntled Customer (as Jonathan P. Baird)
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Long John (as Max Rishoj)
John Kaisner ...
Bart
William Hernandez ...
Silvio
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Audrey
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Storyline

Six people in New York are adrift. Zeke and Luke work in a sex shop: Zeke takes gay liberation seriously, Luke likes to sparkle and takes nothing seriously. He's offended when Stephen calls him a gay cliché, then, surprisingly, they find each other attractive and interesting. Stephen, it turns out, has a great apartment, trust fund, and artwork he's painted on his walls. Meanwhile, Peter, a neat-freak, and Derek, nice to everyone, move in together. Peter's compulsiveness threatens the relationship. Last, newly-engaged Marilyn, a recovering alcoholic stuck at step 2, can't stop obsessing about wedding details. Can these folks sort out civilization and its discontents? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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gay | hook up | friend | trust fund | sex | See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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28 March 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Four Letter Word  »

Box Office

Budget:

$125,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,101 (USA) (28 March 2008)

Gross:

$72,348 (USA) (27 June 2008)
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Unlike its predecessor Slutty Summer (2004), this film features full frontal male nudity, mainly because many in the gay community complained about its absence. Of the main actors, Charlie David and Jesse Archer opted not to appear completely nude. See more »

Quotes

Trisha: In love with you? Oh, Marilyn, I just wanted to bump your doughnut.
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References The Fluffer (2001) See more »

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Help is on the Way
Music & Lyrics by Karen Ramos
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Increasingly enjoyable
23 October 2007 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

The first five minutes of this film had my friend and me squirming in our seats, convinced we were about to see another tired gay comedy with stereotypical characters and an all-too-obvious plot line.

But looking back, I think we were purposely, and perhaps masterfully duped by the director to trigger our own stereotypes and preconceived ideas about what it means to be young, gay and living in New York. He flipped the stereotype switch gently, providing everything from drunk boys in bars, to gratuitous and seemingly premature skin shots. It was a useful tool that invited us to confirm the unspoken notions of our gay identities in order to bring about a more genuine deconstruction.

The art of the film lies not in the acting, which sometimes stumbles; save of course, for Cory Grant who delivers a consistent and unique authenticity. Instead, the film's soul is truly in the scripted storyline and in the very digestible way we are taken on one character's drunken and stumbling path to the first spark of his own electric and glittery evolution.


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