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The story centers around a punky, skateboard, party goer, poet, named Jackson (Justin Herwick), who works at a record shop called, how appropriate, "No Life". After waking up from the aftermath of an orgy he inquires about a boy who was there, Billy (Jonah Blechman) with whom he develops an infatuation for and decides to track down. Who wouldn't! He's a cutey but he he too has some flaws. Needless to say Billy is the boy toy of a record mogel played by Willie Garson (Sarah Jessica Parker's gay friend Stanford on Sex and the City) who gets off on getting beat up. It does get a bit ugly and some people might not like the S&M. Throw in Jackson's hunky cousin Jed(Barry Wyatt), a clean cut collegiate type customer at the store (Sean Thibodeau) who's in love with Jackson, a lesbian friend named Alyssa (Pamela Gidley) who screws around with Jed and is later found out by her lover, and you get a smorgasboard of a soap opera. The one character I really wish had been more developed and with whom I felt something towards was Jackson's supposedly straight boss and friend at the record shop, Sam (Shane Powers). He gives a real emotional performance at the end and his story only scratched the surface. The other performances are hit and miss. Sometimes they're great and then at other times it seems campy and silly.Read more ›
I'd suggest renting this one before purchasing it.
If you can overlook a few flaws in the form of narrated "poetry," unnecessary and unsubstantiated plot twists, and a grisly, amateurish sound track, there is some substance here to appreciate.
The actors are decent, the story is decent, and the main character physically and mentally wrestles with his feelings of affection and love for others. He states that he feels like he is in love with about 20 people a day, and that is the majority of the basis for this film and its examination of love in its various forms.
Most notably, this film takes place in a world that is mostly, if not totally gay, and the sexuality of the characters is never an issue. This leaves lots of room for the twenty-something angst of confusing feelings and the search for the "true" or real love (apart from simply lust.)
This is certainly an independent film with some rough edges, but it's edgy to a fault and daring and generally successful as it follows one man's path as he searches for love (mostly while it's all around him.)
Instead, the film explores these admittedly flawed but interesting characters as they stumble through several days. I agree with the reviewer who wished that the character of Sam had been better developed. I also felt that even for an indie film, the dialogue was sometimes extremely difficult to understand, and this is a technical problem that should have been fixed.
However, I felt that many of the characters were likeable (not necessarily sexy, but that's a separate issue) and I cared enough about them to want to know how the film ended. I found that I was still thinking about the film long after I finished watching it.
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This was bad, but in a good way. The acting wasn't great, but I loved the characters and the story. It's kind of heart-wrenching and a little sad. it's worth watching.Published 16 months ago by PriPri
This movie wasnt well written. The actors didn't seem to know how to act as if it was really there life. In other words the actors couldn't act.Published 23 months ago by William D. Martin
The movie is fairly determined to capture the queer punk scene in Los Angeles at the time - hence the blue hair, the quirky characters and of course the music. Read morePublished on January 20, 2014 by Rocky Sunico
the beautiful bodies of justin herwick shane powers & sean thibodeau an absolute joy as a comedy romance drama i certainly found it enjoyablePublished on March 10, 2013 by allen
if you are watching the movie to see norman reedus.i have to tell you ...you will be disappointed with his character (which is only in it for a moment,and that is a blessing),but... Read morePublished on January 24, 2013 by danielle
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Slow, sometimes...real, very much so. This is how life works..its messy, sometimes boring and not easy to understand. Read morePublished on April 22, 2012 by R. Stanhope