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The Art of Being Straight (2008)

TV-MA | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 20 June 2008 (USA)
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A sexy, comedic drama about two college friends questioning their careers and sexuality in east Los Angeles.

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Jesse Rosen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesse Janzen Jesse Janzen ... Brian
Tyler Jenich Tyler Jenich ... Cole
Bryan McGowan ... Matt
Jared Grey Jared Grey ... Andy
Jesse Rosen ... Jon
Dana Salah ... Renee (as Dana May Salah)
Alan LaPolice Alan LaPolice ... Rand
Johnny Ray Rodriguez ... Paul
Jen Zaborowski ... Bela
Anne Reeder Anne Reeder ... Simone
Rachel Castillo Rachel Castillo ... Maddy
Emilia Richeson Emilia Richeson ... Anna
Marie Lively Marie Lively ... Donna
Steve Reisch Steve Reisch ... Gallery Owner
Pete Scherer Pete Scherer ... Aaron (as Peter Scherer)
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John thinks he's got it all figured out. He's young, good looking and has always had a way with the ladies. After a break-up with his girlfriend, he moves west to Los Angeles for a fresh start. He is officially back on the market and looking to score. Crashing on his buddy Andy's couch is a comforting return to the college patterns of partying, womanizing and trash talk with the guys. However, reconnecting with his old flame Maddie proves to be surprising when she introduces him to her girlfriend, Anna. An aspiring photographer, John takes an entry-level position at an ad agency, determined to prove himself. Things get a little confusing when Paul, a successful executive at the firm, takes a special interest in John, and when John ends up in Paul's bed, his world is turned completely upside down. The Art of Being Straight explores one man's unexpected search for identity. More than just a story of seduction, John's journey to find himself proves to be almost more than he can handle, ... Written by Kristine Kolton

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 2008 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,778, 7 June 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,382, 28 June 2009
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Nothing good but the production, which I care nothing about
30 August 2012 | by jm10701See all my reviews

So... What's supposed to be the point of this movie? That straight white men are the most retarded, obnoxious sub-human species on the planet? That residents of Los Angeles County are the most vapid, self-obsessed, boring people in the US? That in an LA gay movie gay bosses can get away with sexual harassment and even rape of employees as long as they're hot and have fabulous tans, buff bodies and blindingly white teeth? Don't we already know all this?

The only thing this movie has going for it is the one thing I care about least in a movie: the technical quality of the production - flawless sound, lighting bright enough that everything on screen is always easy to see, and a camera that never EVER shakes - so that you can easily keep up with everything that happens in this movie while simultaneously eating, texting, playing your X-Box and trying to remember what day it is.

This is the kind of movie the geniuses who impress us all with such pronouncements would NEVER complain about as looking like a film-school project. Everything else about this movie is pretty bad, except for some of the acting, which is passable at best. None of the characters is the least bit believable or interesting at all, and the story is about as dumb as they come.

If what you care about most in a movie is bright lighting and a camera that never shakes, this one is for you.


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