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The Art of Being Straight -- A sexy, comedic drama about two college friends questioning their careers and sexuality in east Los Angeles.


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  (in credits order)

Jesse Janzen ... Brian
Tyler Jenich ... Cole

Bryan McGowan ... Matt
Jared Grey ... Andy
Jesse Rosen ... Jon

Dana Salah ... Renee (as Dana May Salah)
Alan LaPolice ... Rand

Johnny Ray Rodriguez ... Paul

Jen Zaborowski ... Bela
Anne Reeder ... Simone
Rachel Castillo ... Maddy
Emilia Richeson ... Anna
Marie Lively ... Donna
Steve Reisch ... Gallery Owner
Pete Scherer ... Aaron (as Peter Scherer)
Lisa Pendse ... Michelle
Brendan Piper ... Billy
Jim Dineen ... Young Male Assistant

Directed by
Jesse Rosen 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jesse Rosen  written by

Produced by
Ursula Camack .... producer
Laurence Ducceschi .... executive producer
Jesse Rosen .... producer
Amy Wasserman .... producer
Original Music by
Trevor Howard (original score music)
Cinematography by
Aaron Torres 
Film Editing by
Rob Schulbaum  (as Robert Schulbaum)
Production Design by
Karuna Karmarkar 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ursula Camack .... assistant director
Sound Department
A. Tad Chamberlain .... sound
Mark Steele .... sound re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Phillip Giarratano .... gaffer
Music Department
Trevor Howard .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Ben Atkinson .... script supervisor
Jim Dineen .... production assistant
Geoffrey B. Golden .... special thanks
Elizabeth Uhl .... special thanks

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15 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Cute But Fluffy Film, 7 June 2009
Author: cfbrown77 from United States

There is nothing particularly bad about the Art of Being Straight, but there is nothing especially good. Rachel Castillo does deliver a delightful performance as the lead character's ex-girlfriend who is now in a committed lesbian relationship, but dealing with her attraction to the new guy who moved in next-door. Unfortunately, the parallel main plot and lead performance given by the writer/director Jesse Rosen is not as engaging as he explores his own sexual identity. Mr. Rosen acting is lifeless and his character is dull. However, the film's tone is warm, the dialogue is sincere, and the movie smartly avoids heavy angst (for the most part) and tedious academic explorations of identity politics; however, it just ends up coming up short. The movie is neither intellectually provocative, nor particularly sexy (I am not arguing for more graphic sex scenes, but the few sex scenes which were shot are so insipid and boring they should have simply been left out). The film also occasionally stretches credulity when it needs to be believable. But most problematic is that the movie fails to deliver much of a message beyond "life isn't always black and white"--something other films have conveyed in a much more thoughtful and effective manner. In the end, the film is a mildly interesting "slice of life" flick, but mostly it's just a harmless bit of fluff. It's something worth catching for free on cable, if you have an empty hour on your hands, but it is nothing worth going out of your way to see.

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