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Lucky Bastard (2009)

Timothy Cole , Dale Dymkoski , Everett Lewis  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Timothy Cole, Dale Dymkoski, Johnny Kostrey
  • Directors: Everett Lewis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Breaking Glass Pictures, QC Cinema
  • DVD Release Date: December 17, 2009
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #262,061 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Lucky Bastard" on IMDb

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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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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Examining Consequences of Decisions Made In Life ... December 12, 2009
Many people would consider Rusty to be a "Lucky Bastard" (2009) ... a handsome, buff young man with a promising career as an architect specializing in restoration of period homes. When his stodgy lover leaves town on business, Rusty encounters a young drifter named Denny, whose natural charm and hustler persuasion entice Rusty to finance his crystal habit for a time, while Rusty holds out hope that he can change him. But it is Rusty who ultimately changes, in coming to terms with some things in his life with which he has never been very comfortable, and taking the initiative to do what he should have done long ago.

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.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A special film September 28, 2010
By Kartik
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I can understand why this film failed to impress some viewers - it's a low-budget gay indie film, the performances aren't particularly memorable and there isn't much of a plot. Yet for me the film had a special quality - there's just something about the way the story is told that I found really touching and poignant.

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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars He's not a house August 8, 2011
By Scadhog
So-so drama about Rusty (Patrick Tatten), a young architect who specializes in restoring houses. His latest rehabilitation project becomes Denny (Dale Dymkoski), a drug addicted low-life he picks up in a convenience store. Rusty becomes obsessed with Denny, who in turn uses him to support his crystal meth habit.

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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, naked bodies are not enough February 18, 2013
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Nothing here makes sense. The action all takes place in the space of a long weekend, it appears. And the "action" is so intense, swinging from one unbelievable melodrama to another, that my credulity was stretched and then broken. The resolution to the film came out of nowhere, and instead of being a pleasant surprise made me say, aloud, "What the f. . .?"

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This is an offering from gay director and writer Everett Lewis. It tells the story of Rusty (Patrick Tatten) who is a successful restoration architect. He is in a long term relationship but currently staying in a motel, because Janice Joplin had once stayed there. Then his boyfriend has to leave town on business and Rusty has a spate of throwing the toys from his pram, over a change in business direction with his business partner.

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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Boring story line and certain scenes are way to long.
Published 2 months ago by R. Meyer
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
This movie was not to my taste. The story line was trivial; the acting poor, and I am sorry that I rented it.
Published 3 months ago by AESR
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Poor Choice
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 more
Published 6 months ago by Dwight D Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five for the actors
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 intriquing
Published 7 months ago by PC
1.0 out of 5 stars bad acting
could not make it through the film. The acting was bad, the camera work not much better, the script sophomoric.
Published 8 months ago by jonathan t foster
3.0 out of 5 stars Sex, drugs, and rocking-n-rolling
A film about choosing a lover from the "wrong side of town". Great guy is pursued by a druggie. Frustrating relationship develops. Drugs and money are involved. Read more
Published 11 months ago by wtcdean
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent choice
It was very revealing and raw. Good movie. It makes really evaluate you choices and what you are willing to put up with.
Published 11 months ago by Leonard Williams
3.0 out of 5 stars Strange movie, intense ideas, somewhat sad characters
I bought this movie because I read the synopsis and am a sucker for romance stories, but after watching the movie was disappointed with my choice to buy it. Read more
Published 13 months ago by homejames22
2.0 out of 5 stars Gay horror movie (and not the kind you may be looking for)
Dale Dymkoski does a nice job playing a drug addicted guy, and brings some redeeming qualities to the role. Read more
Published 14 months ago by David G. Zak
3.0 out of 5 stars Hunky Characters
These guys are definitely wonderful to watch. The bad boy was especially interesting as a character. But the plotting and script left something to be desired. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Lost in Vegas
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