Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5
France/USA, 2000. Haut et Court, Procirep, Strand Releasing. Screenplay by David Fourier, Jason Gould, Bradley Rust Gray, Lane Janger, Christopher Landon. Cinematography by Dermott Downs, Bradley Rust Gray, Sarah Levy, Sharone Meir, Timothy Naylor, Pierre Stoeber. Produced by Gregory Cooke, Thom Fennessey, David Fourier, Jason Gould, Lane Janger, Christopher Landon, Line Postmyr, Exile Ramirez. Music by David Michael Frank, So Yong Kim, Peter Rafelson, Mike Rechner, Michael Skloff. Production Design by Charles ‘Skip’ Duncan, Heather Mosher. Costume Design by Karen Bermudez, Eddie Schachnow, Darrin Willis, Charlie Altuna. Film Editing by Bradley Rust Gray, Christopher Holmes, Frank Keraudren, Lorne Morris, Fabrice Rouad.
Yet another collection of short films about life in the world of gay men, this time an improvement on the second installment (though still not as impressive as the first). The uneven lineup includes Inside Out by Jason Gould (son of Barbra Streisand), the worst of the bunch in which he plays a young man trying to deal with being gay in the big, bad world of Hollywood; I fully accept any lampooning of Scientology but Gould’s cartoon-level characterizations are an embarrassment to intelligence.
Majorettes In Space is a silly experimental short, while Hitch is a moody Brokeback Mountain precursor about love on a western road trip.
The best two of the bunch are Lane Janger’s Just One Time, about a woman who flips her boyfriend’s request to have a threesome by asking him to get in bed with her and another man (Janger later turned the short into a terrible feature film), and $30, about a young man who is finally ready to deal with his true self after his father sets him up with a prostitute (Sarah Gilbert) and it leads to a sweet friendship between them.