200 American 2004 NR

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A young hustler from Australia finds more than the same old tricks in America. When Conrad (handsome newcomer Matt Walton) hires Ian (played by unbelievably hunky Sean Matic) for a night of sex, he can't understand why this nice guy sells himself.

Starring:
Matt Walton, Sean Matic
Runtime:
1 hour 20 minutes

200 American

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Product Details

Genres Romance, Comedy
Director Richard LeMay
Starring Matt Walton, Sean Matic
Supporting actors Anthony Ames, John-Dylan Howard, Mark Ford, Gail Herendeen, Lucy Smith, Spencer Aste, Justin Durishin, Ruth Nicolas, Constance Reardon, Rick Poli, Ed Ferruzza, Elie Finkelstein, Fred Jones, Carmella Davis, Mimi Keelan, Judy Rotardier, Adrian Fish, Jill Nicklaus
Studio Wolfe Video
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

In particular the actor with the awful "Australian" accent is particularly wooden.
Scott A. Humphries
The movie has some kind of charm about it, perhaps it's because it's so sincere and gimmick free, and even the love scenes are very low-key.
Wing Lee
The plot has no real story arc or climax, in fact seems to change focus halfway through the film.
Nick Archer

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 31, 2004
Format: DVD
200 AMERICAN has many good things going for it, especially as a first film, made on a very low budget: the story is solid (written by Director Richard LeMay, the character development is good, and the acting is for the most part excellent. There are flaws (some of the worse editing ever attempted, a musical score that is inappropriate at best, and some evidence of shortcuts in the flow of the story that are jarring), but for the most part this film has a rather sophisticated appearance.

Conrad (Matt Walton) is an Ad Executive who has been deserted by his lover for being "controlling" and on a bored evening he decides to find sensual pleasure without emotional commitment via a hustler service, the hustler turning out to be one "Tyler" (Sean Matic whose actual name is Ian). Conrad beds Tyler, finds an attraction, discovers through questioning that "Tyler" says he is a straight man, newly immigrated from Australia, who is forced into hustling as the only means available to him for making enough money to marry his girlfriend! Conrad befriends him by giving him a job as an assistant to the photographer in his agency and there begin the problems of mistaken identities. Conrad's art director Michael eventually falls for Ian and the truth about Ian's hustling background is made clear in a way that impacts all of the characters in the drama.

The sensitivity in the film is the obvious need for people to be truthful in their relationships - at every level from acquaintance to commitment. Each of the characters is shown to be needy, to have dark sides, and capable of change. They are also likeable guys who just want to be happy.

For a film about gay relationships 200 AMERICAN is a positive lesson.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By ardar88 on December 21, 2004
Format: DVD
This is a well-done story of an Australian hustler in New York, and his involvement with an American advertising executive. A heart-warming script by producer and director Richard LeMay and outstanding performances by a cast of talented actors make this movie a real winner. It was made on a shoestring with "no budget," but the film nonetheless achieves the glossy look of a slick production that belies its low budget. This charming movie is a perfect example of what can be achieved with almost no money but with a great deal of talent and creativity. It's definitely worth a look.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By queer movie lover on August 3, 2005
Format: DVD
This is an adorable movie. It's low-budget and the acting is not

spectacular, but nevertheless, it's a cute story with sexy characters and an impressive, unique plot.

Conrad is a successful, attractive man recently heart-broken. Venturing into the unknown, he hires a sex worker for the night. As it turns out, his hired man, Ian, is quite the catch -- a young, charming, sexy Australian trying to save money to stay in the country. Soon enough, Ian is in Conrad's life every day, though not as you may think.

As Ian moves into Conrad's social life, everyone's issues come to the surface. Love stories unfold and redevelop, problems at home collide with life at work, the truth behind Ian's need to do sex work comes out, and everyone is in for a wake-up call about life and what they need.

Basically, it's genuine, it's cute and charming, and it deals with real-life problems, most of which just happen to be gay, a definite plus in my book. So give its budget a break and sit back and enjoy a film well-worth seeing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Drake-by-the-Lake on April 3, 2005
Format: DVD
Ok, so I am rating this *slightly* higher than maybe it deserves (and I am in good company here). Maybe compared to all films it would rate 3.5 stars. I have a rule that certain films are judged not in comparison to all other films, but to others within the currently sparsely populated genre of gay drama.

The central problem facing a reviewer of gay, non-porn movies, as I see it, is there are not enough of them to make valid comparisons. There are maybe ten thousand hetero titles in existence, and maybe a hundred gay. Therefore a gay movie does not really have to be all that good to deserve watching. A radical affirmative-action concept maybe, but only a temporary one, which I will abandon when there is enough proliferation. The thing is, we don't want to poop on the up and coming gay writers and producers, if they show promise. Okay?

Four stars in this instance means this was an unpredictable, original, thought-provoking film that will please, though other reviewers are correct in saying it doesn't show much nudity. (Hey! that's not supposed to matter!) I like that none of the characters are stereotypes and all seem to be rather well-developed with their own distinct personalities. This was just as good as, I almost want to say better than, any of the *American* "Queer as Folk" episodes, just not as cheap, shocking and sexy as that Showtime product. "200 American" is more along the lines of thoughtful, mature and intelligent.

I don't think the limitations of the plot (hustling...yuck, not my cup of tea) could take this film to the five star level, even within the gay genre, but that's just my hunch.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jake Z on April 10, 2005
Format: DVD
I enjoyed 200 AMERICAN. It's a nice gay film. It's about a series of characters starting with Conrad, who is a controlling man is having trouble moving on from a recent relationship that went sour. He hires Ian, an attractive guy from Australia, for his escort services. Conrad wonders why he is an escord and hires him for a job at the agency he works at. He soon meets Michael and the two start to date. Michael is falling in love with Ian but Ian has a secret about his escort past, and struggles with telling Michael about it. Conrad tries to win back his ex by showing him he's changed, but has he? A nice movie.
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