Circuit (2001)

DIRK SHAFER

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB

USA, 2001.  Sneak Preview Entertainment.  Screenplay by , Dirk Shafer.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

A cop () experiences homophobia among his own colleagues and quits his job, moving to Los Angeles and becoming entrenched in the circuit party scene. Partying night after night, having anonymous sex and doing countless recreational drugs without moving his life towards any discernible purpose eventually takes its toll, alienating his best friend and making him realize that his hustler party companion () might be bad news. This film by Dirk Shafer (Man of The Year) deserves credit for looking behind a glamorous world of music, dance and freewheeling sex and finding its seedy underbelly (which includes boring music, endless dancing and freewheeling sex), but it tests its audience’s patience with a ridiculous 130 minute running time that isn’t justified by any noticeable dramatic development or likeable characters. A little bit of the joy that attracts our hero to the circuit world in the first place would help offset the negativity, or at least a little bit of fun in the many scenes of kinky sex. is the only delight as Wade-Drahos’s best friend and roommate.

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