Trick (1999)

JIM FALL

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

USA, 1999.  , .  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , Jim Fall, .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Gabriel () 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 (), 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 () have it for the night with his girlfriend (a very funny ), 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 ( in a performance that reveals a truly gifted comedienne) and deal with a slightly off-kilter drag queen () who doles out love advice about Mark in a club bathroom (probably the funniest scene in the movie). Totally endearing.

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