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Beautiful Something (2015)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 6 May 2016 (USA)
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Four diverse gay men navigate art, sex and love in one sublime night.


Joseph Graham


Joseph Graham
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Sheppard ... Brian
Zack Ryan ... Jim
Colman Domingo ... Drew
John Lescault John Lescault ... Bob Willams
David Melissaratos David Melissaratos ... Chris
Grant Lancaster ... Dan
Matthew F. Rios ... Sergio (as Matthew Rios)
Carlo D'Amore Carlo D'Amore ... Tony
Themo Melikidze ... Scotty
Peter Patrikios ... Dom
Clinton Jack Hill Jr. Clinton Jack Hill Jr. ... Limo Driver
Shay Brown ... Extra
Kelly Concini Kelly Concini ... Extra
Hannah Fillingim Hannah Fillingim ... Extra
John P. Giordano John P. Giordano ... Extra


Edgy, absorbing and carnal, BEAUTIFUL SOMETHING takes a fresh and unsentimental look at the links between young and old, black and white, sex and love, desire and art. Cute, twenty-two-year-old writer Brian continually crashes and burns with each guy he meets, but does not understand why. The stunningly gorgeous Jim is not afraid to break hearts except when it comes to his forty-something lover and world-renown metal sculptor Drew, who can't seem to look past his latest masterpiece. Lastly there's Bob, a successful talent agent from LA in his mid-sixties who leads a double life being a sugar daddy to the young men he picks up. While all four comb the streets looking for connection, they oftentimes settle for something quick and dirty except that tonight is much different. Each guy he meets, but does not understand why. The stunningly gorgeous Jim is not afraid to break hearts except when it comes to his forty-something lover and world-renown metal sculptor Drew, who can't seem to look... Written by Anonymous

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Beauty is in the unexpected.


Drama | Romance


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Great Discovery
22 June 2019 | by caramia2002See all my reviews

The first thing that grabbed me about this film was the lighting. Celestial without being tooo heavenly. The second thing was the sex (I am not gay, and not a man, but sex is sex). I don't usually care for sex with my non-porn movies, but this was different. It had a realness (yes, even with clothes on), a gentle, sweet, sensually loving aspect to it that is rarely transferred to film (Drew was my favorite). It's tenderness, not just sex, which is strangely absent in even Hollywood roms. Humans don't do well when there is little feeling in something; we all want some measure of it, no matter how casual the encounter. And this film illustrates that well. It's hot, which is a tribute to the acting and directing, as it's not explicit whatsoever.

The characterizations are wonderful and complete (it's not for lazy people and we are told all we need to know, for this one night), the acting superb, casting excellent, and production values very good (I missed the errors, as usual, and all movies have 'em). Oh, and I love the sculpture!

Joseph Graham is an amazing director and writer, of any genre. He is now on my list of favorite directors. I see where he teaches film on a college level, which is good for film's future. The writing has me still weeping into my keyboard. The poetry slayed me. Many films tell a story, many films have good production values, many films entertain, but when a film also rings that elusive emotional note, echoing love, beauty and sadness, it is a rare thing indeed. Bravo!

I just read some of the not so great reviews here and am stunned at the low rating. You can pick this film apart, and I cannot comment on gay life, but I take films as a whole work, and this work is outstanding. I want films to inform my life in a significant way. A lot to ask, and seldom met, but so glad to have found this one.

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6 May 2016 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA


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$400,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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