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Lucky Bastard


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Product Details

  • 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 (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002SAMMAQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,414 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Lucky Bastard" on IMDb

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SPECIAL FEATURES
Deleted Scenes
Commentary with Director and Director of Photography

SYNOPSIS
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.

Customer Reviews

Not my cup of tea.
wtcdean
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.
Bob Lind
I never felt as if I got to know any of the characters.
Dwight D Thompson

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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Bob Lind on December 12, 2009
Format: DVD
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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kartik on September 28, 2010
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marketing Professor in Connecticut on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Scadhog on August 8, 2011
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David G. Zak on August 10, 2013
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Dale Dymkoski does a nice job playing a drug addicted guy, and brings some redeeming qualities to the role. But the screenplay is so limp it defies belief, and I thought 'it is a horror movie' and the main character is too stupid to get away from the villain. He robs him blind, no problem. He gives a blowjob to a dealer, then returns to car to make out with central character, no problem. Really??? It is well intentioned, and relevant material, but really lame. There is a nice but repetitive score, and production values are low and inconsistent.
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