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A Friend of Dorothy (1994)

Winston arrives at NYU as a freshman, knowing he's gay and wondering where that fact will lead him. He falls hard for Tom, his temporary roommate who's soon to leave for L.A., and it's a ... See full summary »

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Raoul O'Connell ... Winston
... Anne (as Ann Zupa)
... Tom
... Matt
Steven Brinberg ... Judy fan
... Moonie (as Tom Lennon)
Tom Hickey ... Guy in Library
Jerry Haggerty ... Guy in stall
Bianca ... Librarian
Reggie Cabico ... Act Up boy
Aimee Cummins ... Anne's girlfriend
Sara Goodman ... Tom's girlfriend
Matt Kapp ... Guy with guitar
Ross Kennett ... Act-upper
Drew Lee ... Act-upper
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Winston arrives at NYU as a freshman, knowing he's gay and wondering where that fact will lead him. He falls hard for Tom, his temporary roommate who's soon to leave for L.A., and it's a big risk to express these feelings. Meanwhile, temptations and opportunities abound in the Village: sex in public toilets, uninhibited people at parties, and knowing Act-uppers. Plus, there are misinterpreted signals, like the ones Winston gets from a Moonie. With help from his hometown friend Anne, Winston keeps his equilibrium and finds the perfect place to meet someone: the Judy Garland rack at Tower Records. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Once upon a time this was relevant
16 March 2016 | by See all my reviews

I'm assuming had I been born into that generation when there weren't already hundreds of "coming out" stories A Friend of Dorothy would have probably been avant guard and brave. But looking at it now for the first time, it seems very self-indulgent without much substance, plot or creativity. I'm thinking this Raoul most likely had aspirations to be an actor and this was his personal "calling card" or "demo reel", because it's mostly him mugging into the camera at different angles trying to come off as 'cute". Unfortunately, that's really all he's doing throughout the film (as opposed to say...acting), so there's not much empathy or connection to his character or any of the others to speak of. So, a few stars for good cinematography and being "brave" for its time, but that's as far as this goes.


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