Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB. USA, 2003. Stick Film Productions. Screenplay by Jerry Meadors, Hart Monroe. Cinematography by Anne Misawa. Produced by Jerry Meadors. Music by Peter Girard, Trevor Lissauer. Production Design by Shawn Everett Jones. Costume Design by Gaelin Hereford. Film Editing by Geraud Brisson.
This is officially the first gay movie to have a mammy. A teenage boy (played by a not-so-teenaged Samuel A. Levine) goes to a Virginia college and gets involved in a menage a trois with his roommate (Trevor Lissauer) and roommate’s girlfriend (Amber Taylor). After his roommate’s jealousy over him becomes too much, the boy seeks refuge with his English professor and ends up falling in love with him. Being a very conservative school in the 1970s, it’s only natural to assume that things will not go well when the more powerful members of the faculty find out about the affair. This zero-budget film, shot on video and featuring a cast of complete unknowns, has surprisingly good acting for something with such humble origins. The story itself is maudlin, predictable and often boring, with picturesque photography that only accentuates the mundaneness of the experience. By the time the trio have sex for the tenth time you will have lost all your patience, though the Star Is Born ending might perk your interest a bit before it finally gives out.