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From Everett Lewis, the acclaimed writer-director of the art-house hits Luster and The Natural History of Parking Lots, comes an arousing and dark-edged story of a passionate affair set amidst the backroom bars, dark alleys and sordid hotel rooms of modern-day Los Angeles--a city where even if you re lucky enough to have it all, it doesn t mean you know exactly what you want.
Rusty (Patrick Tatten, The Soloist) is a successful architect with to-die-for pecs, bulging biceps and a killer smile. When his stodgy boyfriend leaves town, Rusty has a chance encounter with a handsome though seedy drifter, Denny (Dale Dymkoski, TV s "Law and Order: SVU"). Blinded by Denny s good looks, vulnerability and hustler charm, Rusty begins an intense, steamy relationship ruled by long-dormant passions. However, as Denny s control over Rusty strengthens, it soon becomes clear that Rusty--now on a seductive ride of sex and drugs--must decide what it is he truly wants.
Lucky Bastard is an edgy, sensual and salacious exploration of youthful indiscretion, sexual indulgence and the high stakes of attraction--a story that rings true to anyone who s ever fallen for the wrong guy for all the right reasons.
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This isn't an easy movie to watch, and the first half hour or so seems more like a soft core porn film than anything resembling a story. The low budget shows in the production quality, although I thought the acting was commendable, especially Dale Dymkoski (who is identified with "Law & Order:SVU" on the DVD jacket; I checked, and he appeared in ONE episode!) as Denny, a character he managed to make likeable despite his faults. I also give them credit for an ending I did not anticipate, and for their honesty in portraying a side of gay life that we don't like to talk about. DVD extras include commentary and lengthy deleted scenes; unrated, but would be a heavy R. I give the film three stars out of five.
Rusty is a successful architect who specializes in restoring period homes. He's incredibly handsome - with a buff, chunky, muscular body, expressive dark brown eyes, and soft, wavy hair. The film makes full use of all this - Rusty is shown in varying degrees of undress for much of the film. Rusty's boyfriend, Daniel, is another successful type, and, Rusty, with his model-like beauty and career, really does seem a "lucky bastard".
When Daniel goes on a business trip, Rusty meets Denny, a brash, HIV-positive crystal meth addict with a mysterious past. The attraction between them is instant and electric, and the two begin a passionate affair. Up until then, Rusty had led a play-it-safe, decent, fairly conventional life, but somehow feels drawn towards Denny's dark world of drugs, sex, pleasure and living for the moment in the L.A. underground scene.
Rusty is intrigued by this new lifestyle, but at the same time recoils from it. The film explores this internal contradiction many of us, and certainly I, have experienced - we are thrilled about drifting outside our comfort zone, and the sense of danger and excitement that brings, yet feel anchored by the stability and 'safeness' of our usual lives.
The film has a beautiful, fluid texture to it as Rusty's encounter with a very different person leads him to re-evaluate his life and goals. For me there were some wonderful moments - the evocative scene where Rusty and Denny embrace on an L.A.Read more ›
There aren't many likeable characters in this one. Denny, of course, is a sleazebag, and Rusty is a classic enabler, who is more interested in hanging onto his new boyfriend than in really trying to help him. It's hard to develop much sympathy for such a pathetic door mat who over and over allows himself to be used and abused. All I wanted to do was slap him in the head to try to knock some sense into him. The only really nice guy in the whole movie is Rusty's business partner, who tries to help him break free from Denny's spell.
The story is far-fetched, particularly toward the end where Denny tells his sad life story. His sudden transformation from first-class creep to pathetic victim seems forced and unconvincing, as does Rusty's reaction to it. The story ends on a happy note for most of the characters, although again, it is unrealistic.
The movie is well made, although the score is a bit irritating. The actors are fine, particularly Dymkoski. But the script just isn't believable.
The world is filled with beautiful men willing to get naked on film in gay-themed Indies. If only the "creative" teams behind these movies could understand that beautiful, naked bodies are not enough to make a good film.
He decides to go out and get some wine, and at the store he meets a random guy called Denny (Dale Dymkoski), as they are both gay they have to go to the nearest toilet for some empty and meaningless sex. However, for some inexplicable reason Rusty seems to fall `in love' with him straight away. That was a bit of a stretch, if we had have been dealing with lust, I for one would have found the whole thing more believable.
What is more intriguing is that Denny soon asks for some cash to go and score some crystal meth, so that they can `make sweet music' for longer whilst watching Denny in one of his first porn features, that is after admitting he is HIV. He is just soo romantic isn't he? What follows is a spiral into drug abuse for Denny and a spiral up to reality for Rusty. The acting is all above average and the camera work is good, it is just the plot and in places the dialogue, there is no holding back on the potty mouth conversations, which life can be like so I have no issues with that per se. Whilst Denny teaches Rusty a thing or two about public displays of affection, there are no new morale tales here. We get it that drugs are bad etc.
The drug induced paranoia is done rather well and I found out that a lot of the dialogue is from actual life encounters that Lewis has had, especially from Alcoholics Anonymous.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is not a plot driven story but a character study of two men who instantly meet driven by their intense sexual passion. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sammie
This movie was not to my taste. The story line was trivial; the acting poor, and I am sorry that I rented it.Published 19 months ago by AESR
The plot was not clear. It was headed nowhere from the very beginning and never arrived anywhere at the end. The dialogue was stilted and unclear most of the time. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Dwight D Thompson
The acting is good, and considering this is an indie production the overall quality is not bad at all. The story has some odd moments, but overall is intriquingPublished 22 months ago by PC
could not make it through the film. The acting was bad, the camera work not much better, the script sophomoric.Published 23 months ago by jonathan t foster