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Lucky Bastard (2009)

 -  Drama  -  14 July 2009 (USA)
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Rusty is a successful architect with the life of his dreams. However, when his boyfriend leaves town, Rusty meets a mysterious drifter names Denny who opens Rusty up to a strange new world.



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Cast overview:
Garret (as Timothy Cole)
Jane Fleiss ...
Mrs. Howell
Mr. Howell
Roger - drug dealer
Convenience Store Clerk
Sarah Hamblin ...
Jennifer Montgomery ...
Bridesmaid - passed out


Rusty is a successful, respected and attractive restoration architect. He's also gay. With his lover Daniel away on a business trip, and his business partner Garrett making a couple professional missteps, Rusty finds himself taking in Denny, a meth-addicted, HIV-positive transient who soon starts leading Rusty around. Is this love, lust, or a new restoration project for Rusty? Rusty himself isn't certain. Written by statmanjeff

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Much of the dialog is taken from real life conversations writer/director Everett Lewis had. Denny's monologue detailing how he became involved with drugs and sex work comes directly from a man Lewis met who was in Alcoholics Anonymous. See more »


When Denny leads Rusty to the wine section, he puts an arm around Rusty's shoulder. After a cut his arm is down. See more »


Denny: Come on.
Rusty: I don't have any cash.
Denny: There's an ATM in the lobby. Come on, porn-star, I want you up my ass so bad. Come on.
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Walk out with clarity
29 October 2010 | by (Milwaukee, WI) – See all my reviews

This was an excellent film that I didn't expect to watch. I thought I'd give it a try, as I have with many other gay-themed films, and turn it off in 15 minutes. But I couldn't. It is a very remarkable character-driven story. Other reviewers here have pointed out that the characters are at times unlikable or that their actions don't make sense. To that I would respond...that's life. And this film was extremely life-like. Certainly, there's some moments of weakness, but the dialog is very well-written and delivered. Dale Dymkoski in particular is captivating. His character is quite unlikable. At different points in the film, you want him gone, and yet your heart breaks for him. That's a great performance. The character growth in this story is something that's rare to see in any film, particularly one on this budget. Story-wise, everything comes full-circle.

As an aside, it irks me to read in some reviews that people were observed to "walk out of the theater." That's a cliché here on IMDb. Every time I read that, I know the review cannot be trusted. It's not a reaction I would expect at a film festival. I'm a lover of film, and I've never seen people leave a theater en-mass, especially one like this. Reviewers should post their review without relying on on others to back up their point of view. People that walk out of a theater do not lend credibility to a review, as they can't review something they didn't bother to watch. And maybe they were just getting snacks.

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