The Trip (2002)

MILES SWAIN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

USA, 2002.  Falcon Lair Films, Queens Pictures.  Screenplay by Miles Swain.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by , , .  Film Editing by .  

A closeted Republican in 1970s San Francisco writes a book about the modern-day homosexual that is full of all the nasty stereotyping that you would expect. His publisher decides to keep the book off the shelves due to a lack of timeliness, which makes our protagonist happy because, following its completion, he meets an openly gay political activist and falls in love with him. Four years later the book is released in order to cash in on the right-wing frenzy of the Anita Bryant era, and in doing so sets our twosome into a spin that breaks them up and progresses them into the AIDS years and the tragedies to follow. Appealing actors in the leads do much to make this awkwardly directed, badly written little indie watchable; watching two obviously talented leads deal with ripe, overwritten dialogue and bad wigs is painful, but the film’s heart is always in the right place and will strike a chord with some viewers.

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