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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)

Johnny Ray Rodriguez ... Paul (as Johnny Ray)
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

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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USA:70 min
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13 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
A mediocre attempt, 24 November 2009
Author: Gordon-11 from Earth

This film is about a young man who moves to Los Angeles to pursue his dreams. His life gets complicated when his boss takes a special interest in him.

"The Art of Being Straight" is a realistic down to earth story. The lead character Jesse Rosen is handsome and is convincing as a confused man. However, the story telling is not so good. It fails to create tension or suspense. There is little to stir the emotions of viewers, which I find a fatal flaw. The only interesting character is Rachel Castillo, whose performance is the most natural and convincing. I guess "The Art of Being Straight" might be an autobiographical account from the writer. It is not terrible, it is not particularly entertaining either.

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