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Lucky Bastard (2009)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 14 July 2009 (USA)
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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Denny
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Garret (as Timothy Cole)
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Daniel
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Sandra
Nina Manni ...
Patsy
Jane Fleiss ...
Mrs. Howell
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Mr. Howell
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Roger - drug dealer
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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 »

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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 »

Quotes

Rusty: A blonde, muscular guy doesn't exactly have a hard time in this town. Who ARE you?
Denny: It's kind of a big question for breakfast, don't you think?
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I Still Love You
Written by Rene Reyes and William V. Malpede
Performed by Reyes and Malpede
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Gripping film, well done, and enlightening
22 August 2010 | by (Home, MO) – See all my reviews

My final take on the title is that a Lucky Bastard is one never to have met and become entangled with a crack addict. The manipulation of educated, successful Rusty, which comes by every single word out of Denny the drug addict's mouth, seems to be remembered verbatim. Rusty's susceptibility comes in part from his being a decent guy who does not expect others to lie. Al Green sang about a kind-hearted woman who revives a poor half-frozen snake. When the snake bites her in return, he brushes aside her betrayal by reminding her that she knew what he was when she warmed him to her bosom.

Life's too short to watch bad movies, and this is one I found myself compelled to watch completely. The actors are all capable and believable in the many layers they must weave. The production values won't make you cringe, and the script manages to show a lot in a brief time, without wasting any. The music is unusually good, which is why I'm on line to find out more about it (found it as Amazon mp3 downloads). You don't need to suspend disbelief to enjoy this film. Instead, let this film lead you out of whatever naiveté insists we'd never misstep in the path of an addicted conman without conscience. Here's where you can glimpse how fallible such a belief makes you.


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