Jack and David are good friends. So when both are dumped by their girlfriends, they move into an apartment together. David looks forward to their shared bachelor life. Then Jack works up the courage to come out to his friend. Things change. How these two different but similar men deal with that change and how their friendship and their other relationships fare in the midst of it all is the heart of this authentic and sharp-humored film.
Cast & Crew
- Awards & Accolades
- Audience Award Outfest 2001
Reviews(see the best reviews)
"Straightman" was okay; nothing spectacular.
The lives of two male friends, one straight and one coming-out gay, are intertwined as they adjust to each other and interact with ex-girlfriends. It was fairly interesting although I have to say I didn't like any of the characters. The ending left me feeling empty. It has a real quality to it, especially the acting of the two leads
Interesting character study. Unlike some of the other reviewers I appreciated the "naturalness" in the way the characters were presented. They spoke, acted and reacted like real people. It reminded me of Cassevetes' "Shadows" as it felt as if they may have relied on some improv. Sure the movie meandered a bit and the budget seemed pretty low. However this didn't take away from the experience for me. I was most impressed by Ben Redgrave's honest performance. Good but not Great "slice of life" film.
This movie was boring the guys were not even cute and the plot SUCKED!
Ok. It was probably more "earthy" than I expected. It seemed like the story line had these two guys living on the edge of poverty...and almost like it was that way because one was gay and one was dumped by his girlfriend. Somewhat stereotypical
Interesting.... the "bath" coming out scene was very prolific...
ok...pic and sound good
The actors were very real and had talent, but allowing them to stutter endlessly through the dialogue made the characters appear dull. It's poor direction to allow actors who CAN'T handle improv to improvise. A glimpse of life portrayed here and some nice developments but inconclusive and ultimately pointless. I don't demand a plot wrapped up with a tidy ending, but a film only benefits with some intent. This was like watching some students play at making a movie with no purpose in mind.
This is a really lovley film in the Cassavetes tradition, lots of improvisation, gritty film quality, and disarming realness! the actors are all really good...it's also very Chicago, where it takes place....I recommend it
Choppy and confusing storyline. Poor acting. Loved the soundtrack. Not the best editing or directing.
Horrible. The actors stutter and stammer through the dialogue and at the end I was left wondering what the point of the movie was.
great movie! even with the production value, the story and main characters kept you watching, and careing!
Good acting. Plausible story well told. Is worth watching.
Loved it...great character study
Will go back to view this film.