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Several times during the film, Luke, portrayed by Jesse Archer says "If you're not sparkling, then what are you doing?", the first time in response to a comment from Stephen (Charlie David) about Luke wearing body glitter, and other times for other reasons. "If you're not sparkling, what are you doing?" is Jesse Archer's mantra or motto, as seen on his personal website (www.jesseonthebrink.com). See more »
I just want to be able to unhinge my jaw like an Anaconda.
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A cute gay comedy that doesn't take itself too seriously
I saw this at the Cleveland International Film Festival this week.
Luke is a promiscuous gay male who spends his time cruising bars and working in a sex toy shop. He is surrounded by a small group of friends, whose stories we learn more about as the film progresses. While out one night, Luke stumbles upon Stephen, a "straight acting" (as the characters define the behavior) hottie who makes a few comments about just how Luke fits the gay stereotype so well. This bothers Luke and begins his journey to self discovery, although it's not exactly rocket science.
I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys the silly gay comedies. "Another Gay Movie," "Adam and Steve," "Noah's Arc (TV Series)," etc. etc... If you've seen and enjoyed these mentioned movies and shows, I have no doubt you will love "A Four Letter Word." The film is a bit silly and you and your friends may squirm at some of the lines, but there is a heartfelt message and you will walk away from the film feeling pretty good about yourself (although you may feel like hitting the gym right away and puking up that movie theater popcorn after staring at the gorgeous actors for 90 minutes)
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