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Makes me suspicious of the good review
jm107011 February 2012
Sometimes when a very bad movie gets a great review, it's because a friend or relative of someone involved in making the movie wrote it. Sometimes that's obvious just from reading the review, but not always. Having now seen this movie myself, I cannot trust any positive review it gets.

This movie is just terrible. Everything about it is bad: the strident, preposterous screenplay; the harsh, always-on, NEVER-believable acting (if it's fair to real actors to call it that - Michael Joyce and Mandeesh Gill in particular are embarrassingly bad, although Joyce has a bigger role so he sticks out more); the noisy, too-loud and never appropriate music; the interminable fake sex scenes that are always shot from the same weird angle, with the same frenzied, mechanical, totally fake grunts, groans, grimaces and spastic moves - scenes that last ten times as long as they should even if they were good; and the idiotic photography.

The normal way to film a conversation is to film each actor separately and then edit the shots together into a conversation. THIS director or cinematographer sometimes chose instead to swing the camera back and forth between actors: one reads his line, then the camera swings quickly 90° to the other actor, who says his line, then back to the first actor, etc. In at least one scene he does it between THREE actors. It's dizzying, and not in a good way. I've never seen anything like it. Whether it was done to save production time and costs or with some crazed idea that it's a cool way to make a movie, it's a big, BIG mistake.

Every character in this movie would be unbearably obnoxious if they were at all believable; as it was, I just kept hoping against hope that the counter was wrong and there weren't REALLY 53 minutes left, then 52 minutes, and so on. I forced myself to stay with it all the way to the end, but I wouldn't wish such torture even on Dick Cheney. This is the worst movie I've seen in years.
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Depressing, dreary and unfocused
preppy-311 November 2011
Dale (Christopher Kelham) is a 28 year old hustler in London. He spends his days with his high-paying clients and nights cruising for sex or hanging with his drag queen best friend Sean (the late Michael Joyce). He's also secretly in love with his str8 friend Raj (Valmike Rampersed). Things start to unravel when Raj tells Dale he's getting a woman.

On the positive side--the acting is pretty good with Joyce excellent as Sean. There are some nice shirtless scenes of Israel Cassol who plays another hustler named Ricardo. Also the ending is somewhat affecting. Other than those points though this is pretty terrible. It's slow-moving with a story that veers all over the place. There was also a howler of a melodramatic twist thrown in at the one hour mark that was so stupid I thought they were kidding! The "insights" to love and sex were thoroughly predictable and frankly boring. The main problem is Kelham. Dale is such an obnoxious character that I couldn't believe he had any clients let alone friends. His acting is very good but I didn't believe for one second that he was a gay hustler. He seems uncomfortable with the role. The ONE gay kiss we see is very horribly done because it's so obvious that the actors don't want to do it. Also (I realize this is a matter of taste) Kelham isn't good-looking enough or in good enough shape (he's average at best) to be a hustler. Cassol would have been a better choice for the role. There's no nudity and the simulated sex is so overdone it's embarrassing. Bad direction too. The good acting by Joyce can't save this. Bland and boring.
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Not that bad
Laakbaar2 August 2014
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I thought this movie was OK. I found it sort of interesting and it had a few surprising moments. I liked the way his daydreams were brought to life. If a scene got weird, you soon realised that it was one of his fantasies.

If I had a problem with the film, it was with the character of Dale (Christopher Kelham). He just didn't come across as a gay escort to me. Kelham is a handsome enough man (in a sort of austere, intelligent, British kind of way) but he just didn't look like an escort, or what gay men would want in an escort. He didn't seem likable. Of course, gay escorts probably come in all different types, and have all sorts of issues, so I tried to convince myself that a gay escort could be like this.

I suppose I also didn't really find Dale's relationship with Raj to be that realistic. A hardened gay escort isn't going to fall for a straight guy like that. I didn't get Raj.

Sean was an interesting character (and well played by the late Michael Joyce) but I felt that the director simply threw the drag theme in to make the film more interesting. Estee Applauder didn't further the plot in any way.

There were a few too many contrivances in the movie.

It bothers me that this is yet another gay movie with the themes of drag, sexual dysfunction, homophobia and tragedy. Why do we keep doing this to ourselves? The ending surprised me. Make sure you watch the film to the very end. I almost turned it off in disgust before the important final scene.

I didn't hate this movie the way that many other reviewers and raters seem to have done. I think it's under-rated here. However, I wouldn't recommend this movie to a friend.
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GREAT Idea and story lines, Terrible execution
massagetantrayoga19 October 2013
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I really want to like this film, but the problem revealed itself on the end credits: written, directed and produced...but the same guy. Every single movie I've seen where this is the case has pacing and story problems, lingering scene problems, and cohesion problems.

There is something really poignant about the idea of 'feeling', sex addiction, sexual compulsion, and the layering of the platonic friendships mirroring the drama of the sexual lives...but they just didn't hit the mark with the direction and execution.

The scene of the dinner party was so slow and boring and then cliché I could not believe it made it through an editing session. And the director DRAGGED OUT every scene, no pun intended, and the relationships were not fully developed. Some even, were over developed = the Sean character and mother - lots of hits, no home run. They can snipe at each other, OK, we get it. But it was not funny, because the pace was as if both were heavily sedated on barbiturates.

Again, great material, and I had high hopes for something new in gay-related cinema, but no cigar.
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Bad But Not As Bad As All That
hugybearmd19 August 2012
I recall Harvey Fierstein once saying that any exposure was good exposure. He was trying to say that we should allow for all voices to tell our stories, and this was definitely a voice I had never heard before. Folks, there is no Oscar or Academy Award here, and yeah, I've seen better actors, better story lines, better direction, this, that and the other thing. But I watched the movie, it held my attention. From this side of the pond I got to see locales I had never seen before. I think the characters were basically believable however I agree with the comment above that he main character as a hustler was a stretch, he wouldn't make a dime over here (not that I hire hustlers), but who knows with the Brits? The point is indie cinema is just that indie cinema. I watched the movie all the way through, had a bit of a problem with the ending, so I watched the ending again and I think I understood what I was supposed to understand. And yeah, I agree there wasn't a lot of affection, but since I'm made to swallow the gay relationship depicted on the TV show Modern Family (two gay men with a child and they never touch, never hold hands and certainly never kiss), I guess I can live with a movie that the characters basically do the same. Watch it, rent it, judge for yourself. Remember any exposure is good exposure however lame it may really be.
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Love isn't always a Bed of Roses
leadie5328 November 2011
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The Cost of Love is not a pretty movie, one could also say it's definitely not a movie for everyone.

It deals with the friendships of several characters and the way their lives deal with the tragic, simplistic and sometimes horrific events which make up the lives not only of themselves, but also other people they are acquainted with.

For non-gay audience members, this will certainly be an eye-opener, because it doesn't cover up gay related activities, it shows them in all their also shows that physical & domestic abuse isn't primarily a heterosexual condition.

All the stars do their roles justice, in particular the late Michael Joyce ( a personal friend), who not only plays a pivotal character by the name of Shaun, but he also re-creates his "drag" persona Estee Applauder...a character who is as complex as the movie itself.

Watch this if you want to see a side of life, you may not be acquainted with or if you are a part of the wider gay community, you will also see close friends of your own being portrayed by the characters in the movie.

A must see.
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Pretty awful
Coralknight16 January 2020
The story-line of a "slice of life as seen from the eyes of a gay prostitute" has been around for quite awhile now; My Own Private Idaho being perhaps the gold standard. So, if someone is going to make yet another film on this theme, there should be an ORIGINAL or at least INTERESTING reason for it. This film was simply boring. The lead was not "hot" enough to be taken seriously as a gay prostitute (not even bargain basement), nor was he in any way sympathetic. The undercurrent of falling for a straight friend has also been in the aforementioned My Own Private no, not original. The sex scenes left me wondering if the actor has ever actually had sex at all in his life...because that doesn't really look like how it's done (then again, he is maybe that's how THEY do it...which kind of explains things). Just horrible overall.
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Great story and Cast
m-terrell23 February 2012
A great story, filmed locally in Greenwich, London. Recommended to any one who likes films to have an impact in their life, The characters are played by an interested cast, again from the local area, and bring the story to life extremely well, The film, about a Gay man and his life in London- although I cannot relate to his personal situation- brings home many feelings and places we find our self throughout our life, A recommended watch and great film to watch as a couple,

If any one lives in London or Greenwich will find this a great watch if you can relate to the locations and local pubs, etc. It was great to see The George and Dragon pub in the film.

It also nice to see a good British film, and film company making films like this- I look forward to seeing what films they bring out next.
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