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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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Jesse Rosen (written by)
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Cast

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Johnny Ray ... Paul
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rachel Castillo ... Maddy
Jim Dineen ... Young Male Office Assistant
Jared Grey ... Andy
Jesse Janzen ... Brian
Tyler Jenich ... Cole
Alan LaPolice ... Rand
Marie Lively ... Donna

Bryan McGowan ... Matt
Anne Reeder ... Simone
Emilia Richeson ... Anna
Jesse Rosen ... Jon

Dana Salah ... Renee (as Dana May Salah)
Pete Scherer ... Aaron

Jen Zaborowski ... Bela
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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
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
 
Thanks
Geoffrey B. Golden .... special thanks
Elizabeth Uhl .... special thanks
 

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USA:70 min
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16 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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