Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
USA, 1999. Good Machine, Roadside Attractions. Screenplay by Jason Schafer. Cinematography by Terry Stacey. Produced by Eric d’Arbeloff, Jim Fall, Ross Katz. Music by David Friedman. Production Design by Jody Asnes. Costume Design by Mary Gasser. Film Editing by Brian A. Kates.
Gabriel (Christian Campbell) is a young college student who thinks he has no inner issues to deal with just because he’s honest about being gay, wearing it with pride like a button on his lapel. On the night our story takes place he meets hunky go-go dancer Mark (John Paul Pitoc), they spark a mutual attraction, and the two hapless heroes spend an entire evening looking for a place to tryst. Gabriel’s apartment isn’t available because he let his roommate (Brad Beyer) have it for the night with his girlfriend (a very funny Lorri Bagley), none of his friends can help him, and he’s getting antsier by the minute; Mark’s place is no good because he lives with his parents. Of course, something better than just great sex ends up happening for these two fellows: they get to know each other, and Gabriel is forced to examine his own inner homophobia (such as being a Broadway musical songwriter-hopeful who tells other men that musicals are cheesy). He also has to attend to the needs of his aspiring-actress best friend (Tori Spelling in a performance that reveals a truly gifted comedienne) and deal with a slightly off-kilter drag queen (Clinton Leupp) who doles out love advice about Mark in a club bathroom (probably the funniest scene in the movie). Totally endearing.