The Velocity Of Gary * * (Not His Real Name) (1998)

DAN IRELAND

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1998.  Cineville, Columbia TriStar Home Video, Dan Lupovitz Productions, Ventanarosa Productions.  Screenplay by . Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  

Appealing characters are a plus in this uneven romantic drama about two very outspoken individuals (, Salma Hayek) who are both in love with terminally ill porn star . When D’Onofrio isn’t in the mood for one he’s with the other, and his two lovers soon find themselves working hard to keep their man’s attention until his illness makes it impossible to think only of themselves. The Off-Broadway feel of the scenes and the charismatic stars are a good viewing reason for those who just love to watch actors act, but the plot is generally pointless and won’t be too impressive for more narrative-oriented audience members. Look for a great Patsy Cline musical number performed by as a deaf drag queen.

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