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Role/Play (2010)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 3 June 2010 (USA)
A recently outed soap opera actor crosses paths with a recently divorced gay marriage activist, forcing them to confront the price of fame and the fickle nature of celebrity within the gay community.

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Rob Williams

Writer:

Rob Williams
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Cast

Cast overview:
Steve Callahan ... Graham Windsor
Matthew Montgomery ... Trey Reed
David Pevsner ... Alex
Brian Nolan ... Ricky
Matthew Stephen Herrick ... Parker Ryland
Jim J. Bullock ... Bernie
Derek Long ... Interviewer (voice)
Kevin F. Sherry Kevin F. Sherry ... Bad Sweater Guy
Ryland Dodge Ryland Dodge ... Mickey
Christopher Patrino ... Inn Guest
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A recently outed soap opera actor crosses paths with a recently divorced gay marriage activist, forcing them to confront the price of fame and the fickle nature of celebrity within the gay community.

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Drama | Romance

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Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 June 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jeux de rôle See more »

Filming Locations:

Palm Springs, California, USA

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Guest House Films See more »
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1.78 : 1
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A lightweight representation of gay issues

This is a very disappointing film but it is difficult to pinpoint exactly why. I viewed this film in 2015 in the UK where we have enjoyed Civil Partnerships for 10 years and equal marriage has just recently been made law so I am willing to concede that my perspective might be a bit skewed. However, for me, the issues raised in Role/Play suddenly seemed very out of touch. I am not even sure if an actor's sex tape would make the news nowadays. That said, I know aspects of American life can be conservative in their outlook so perhaps the themes here still have some relevance.

I think the film tries to say too much in one forum. There are simply too may themes jostling for dominance set alongside the notion of true love always wins through. It is very predictable and there is no depth to any of the ideas presented. For me, the acting was generally poor – more akin to that in a gay porn movie – but equally the script did not give the actors the opportunity to really develop their characters.

Overall, for me, this was a very lightweight film that was out of touch of what it means to be gay in the 21st Century.


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