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The Wishmakers (2011)

The Wish Makers of West Hollywood (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 15 May 2011 (USA)
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Three young gay men arrive in Los Angeles to fulfill their dreams and aspirations, during a summer which will change their lives. In a world of You Tube celebrities, unemployment, downward mobility, and socializing through Facebook, they make a wish in a fountain to find love, fame, and transcendence. Will any of them do it? Written by Anonymous

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Making a Wish
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Lyrics by David Grotell
Music by Shu Odamura
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Wishful thinking
18 March 2015 | by See all my reviews

It is a low budget attempt to deal with a theme that has certainly been done to death both in mainstream and gay themed movies. Young hopefuls arrive in LA with a desire to break into the big time.

Overall, if you stick with it beyond the rather lame beginning, it's not that bad. While the idea is hardly original, the characters are not quite the usual over-the-top stereotypes. It doesn't include pool- side shots with all the buff, beautiful people trying to outshine one another. Everyone is not doing coke in the bathroom or prostituting himself to every aging queen with supposed studio connections. The angst and disappointment is relatively low-key without a lot in the way of tears and histrionics.

The characters are, for the most part, more typical of the "boys" who probably do arrive in "tinsel town" with unrealistic expectations and, for the most part, they are atypical of those we've seen too often in similar movies that deal with the same subject.

The movie depends quite a bit on one-on-one dialogue and mostly verbal interactions between individual characters. At times that is refreshing, but possibly it attempts to be too cerebral too much of the time and at times the humorous exchanges fall flat. Some of the acting is fairly good, some not so much. The scene where the most flamboyant character, Corey, played by an actor credited with the name Matt Achine (which sounds suspiciously like it was borrowed from the Mattachine Society) tells Ben that he just wants to be held is fairly touching. The bitchy, supposedly humorous exchanges between Corey and Mary are definitely fast-forward material as are some of the uninspiring dance scenes.

It's difficult to get too enthusiastic about it, but we've all seen a lot worse. If you do watch it, don't get put off by the lame beginning. It does improve somewhat.


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