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  • Actors: Anthony Rapp, Camryn Manheim, Julie Halston, Joseph Fuqua, David Courier
  • Directors: Leslie L. Smith
  • Writers: Leslie L. Smith
  • Producers: John P. Adams, Leslie L. Smith
  • Format: Black & White, Color, NTSC
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Water Bearer Films,
  • VHS Release Date: June 29, 1999
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305478902
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #901,434 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Bob Lind on May 13, 2005
Format: DVD
In the 1997 indie romantic comedy "David Searching", openly gay actor Anthony ("Rent") Rapp is teamed with Camryn ("The Practice") Manheim as a young gay man and a new divorcee sharing an apartment in Manhattan. Rapp plays David, who moved to NYC to pursue his dreams of becoming a famous filmmaker/documentarian, and also to find "Mr. Right" along the way. Neither search is going very well, because David isn't quite sure what he is looking for, nor how to react when

possibilities come along. He and (Manheim's) Gwen settle into a

comfortable living arrangement which actually makes it more difficult for either one to realize they want more out of life, and depression sinks in when they have moments in which this comes to light. Gwen has an affair with a former tenant of the apartment (who still has his keys and just appears on the sofa one day, sleeping off a drinking binge after breaking up with his girlfriend). Meanwhile, David goes through a series of "dates from hell", and also makes friends with a female comedian in a local club, who helps him to better see that he

needs to take more chances to achieve his professional and

relationship goals. In time, he learns that he is so concerned about finding the "deeper meaning of life" that he has lost perspective in the simple things that make it worth living.

Definitely a low budget indie, which looks older than its age (shot in 1996, but only recently released on DVD for the first time), and starts off rather shaky. But stick with it, and you'll find a quirky, delightful story obviously made best through the talented cast of actors, especially Rapp and Manheim. Has a realistic NYC feel, with characters many viewers can relate to. DVD extras include only a director's commentary, recorded especially for the DVD.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Monaghan on May 13, 2005
Format: DVD
I really don't hold a lot of high expectations for indies, but I was really surprised by David Searching. It was a very funny and touching film and I ended up thoroughly enjoying this movie. The performances are great, and some of the cameos are suprising. Leslie Smith, credited with both writing and directing, did a very decent job for a first film. I recommend it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Chuck Zito on May 13, 2005
Format: DVD
I found this film to be a refreshing change from so much of the standard gay-indie movie fare. From the first frame, when the hero (Anthony Rapp - and how fun is that?) sets out to find his way through love in the big City, DAVID SEARCHING never talks down to the audience or treats us as if we've never in our lives seen another gay film. The wry sensibility that inhabits this urbane romance is really the heart of the film. Plus, there's Camryn Mannheim in a supporting role and a great cameo by Craig Chester. Freshman writer/director Leslie Smith has put together a fun, literate romance his first time out.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mariners' Fan on May 12, 2005
Format: DVD
I was pleasantly surprised by this low-key story of a young gay man facing adult choices for the first time in 1990s New York. The script is literate and nicely avoids the obvious cliches that affect a lot of gay-themed works. With its upbeat ending, it makes a good, conversation provoking stay-at-home date movie. Besides, it's enjoyable to see stars such as Camryn Mannheim and Anthony Rapp before they became famous in "Law & Order" and "Rent." If you enjoyed Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss or Latter Days, you'll probably like this.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. J. Sacher on March 25, 2006
Format: DVD
A Month ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Anthony Rapp, and i told him that I had seen this movie. It took me a few viewings to get the point, but when I did.....!

He spoke to me very lovingly about the making of this film, the low budget, the crew, etc....But he was pleased that I liked it and valued him in this performance....A Must See
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 24, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Wondefully acted on both halves (Manheim and Rapp).. However, Rapp does not depart too far from his infamous character of MARK COHEN in the Broadway muscial "RENT"... Still, worth the cash.. :)
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It starts out bumpy, and the low-budget feeling doesn't help, but stay with this ultimately charming film. Anthony Rapp, who we've watch growing up since he worked for Disney in "Adventures in Babysitting" to become a Broadway star in "Rent", plays the brooding, still-needs-to-grow-up, David, who is searching for a deeper meaning in life. If he were to only get off his high horse at the end of the day, he'd realize that he's searching for the very things we're all searching for: love, sex and a feeling of satisfaction in the broader scheme of things. His constant brooding over deeper meanings is made trivial by his constant blunders with the most simple things in life: like listening, observing and understanding. His self-absorbedness gets him in one sticky situation after the next, but he does learn in the end, what the absolute truths of life are: you are born, you somehow have to get by and then you die. Everything else is what you make out of it.
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