In 1968 New York City - when being gay was still considered to be best kept behind closed doors - a group of friends gather for a raucous birthday party hosted by Michael (Jim Parsons), a screenwriter who spends and drinks too much, in honor of the sharp-dressed and sharp-tongued Harold (Zachary Quinto). Other partygoers include Donald (Matt Bomer), Michael's former flame, now mired in self-analysis; Larry (Andrew Rannells), a randy commercial artist living with Hank (Tuc Watkins), a school teacher who has just left his wife; Bernard (Michael Benjamin Washington), a librarian tiptoeing around fraught codes of friendship alongside Emory (Robin de Jesús), a decorator who never holds back; and a guileless hustler (Charlie Carver) hired to be Harold's gift for the night. What begins as an evening of drinks and laughs gets upended when Alan (Brian Hutchison), Michael's straight-laced college roommate, shows up unexpectedly and each man is challenged to confront long-buried truths that ...
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During the party, Michael says, "The Christ-Was-I-Drunk-Last-Night Syndrome knows no religion. It has to do with immaturity. Although I will admit there is a high percentage of it among Mormons." The movie then cuts to a reaction shot from Larry (Andrew Rannells), even though the next line actually belongs to Emory (Robin de Jesus). Rannells was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical for his performance as Elder Price in the 2011 Broadway musical The Book of Mormon, which contains a subplot about a deeply closeted gay Mormon man. This movie's director, Joe Mantello, was nominated for a 1993 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance as Louis Ironson in Angels in America, in which his character falls in love with a deeply closeted gay Mormon man. See more
When Michael takes the Valium he lifts his bottle to his mouth with his left hand but lowers it with his right. See more
[while calling Hank on the other line
It's for you, Hank!
References Sunset Blvd.
Written by Rudy Martinez
Performed by Aretha Franklin
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