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The Skinny (2012)

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Director Patrik-Ian Polk provides exciting character developments, brilliant cinematography and life lessons for all, particularly for members of the black LGBT community. Cameos by key actors from the Noah Arc series are visual delights.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jussie Smollett ... Magnus
Blake Young-Fountain ... Sebastian
Anthony Burrell Anthony Burrell ... Kyle
Shanika Warren-Markland ... Langston
Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman ... Joey
Jennia Fredrique ... Savannah
Robb Sherman Robb Sherman ... Junot
Dustin Ross Dustin Ross ... Ryan
Joshua Cruz Joshua Cruz ... Evan
Wilson Cruz ... Dr. Vasquez
Darryl Stephens ... Nurse Nicholson
Seth Gilliam ... Testing Van Doc
Derrick Briggs Derrick Briggs ... Rapist #1
Dewayne Queen Dewayne Queen ... Rapist #2
Joshua Randle Joshua Randle ... Sex Party Patron


Feature film from award-winning writer/director Patrik-Ian Polk, tells the story of five black Brown University classmate s- four gay men and one lesbian - reuniting in the Big Apple for a weekend of sin, fun, secrets, lies and drama. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama | Romance




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English | French

Release Date:

10 February 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chudziak See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jussie Smollett was indicted on 16 felony counts of falsely reporting to police that he was assaulted by two masked men shouting racist and homophobic slurs. See more »


References Noah's Arc (2004) See more »


Written by Ty Glascoe
Performed by Ty Glascoe
Music by Kirk Strachan
Courtesy of Ty Glascoe Music
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A little too late to be "Groundbreaking"
11 March 2017 | by hddu10See all my reviews

Once upon a time, there were few enough gay-themed films to count on your hands (and few enough with minority leads to count on just ONE of them). But since those days are LONG gone, we, the viewing audience, have to stop giving a "pass" to sub-par gay-themed cinema, or else it just will not get better. I think everyone here agrees Noah's Ark was as ground-breaking as it was satisfying for its day. But throwing us a bone by a cameo from Noah and Janito doesn't cut it: we're looking for something more substantive these days. The Skinny seems more of an attempt to cobble together any number of black gay fantasies; the cultured doctor, the witty Brit, the shy inexperienced romantic, the effeminate "best friend" who turns out to be wild and hot, and of course, the mandatory hyper-sexual narcissist. Unfortunately, there is just not enough time to turn these characters into anything less than clichés. And the "resolutions" to the story-line just come off as contrived and campy (once again...find for Noah's Ark, but not if you want to be taken seriously).

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