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Luster

2.8 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

An irreverent and refreshing take on the queer world of sex, lust and unrequited love. Lanky, blue haired Jackson, record store employee and poet, is in love with most of the men in his life! There's Billy, who he met at an orgy, Jed, his cousin, Derek, a customer at the shop, and Sam, his boss and best friend! A refreshing departure from the typical gay love story, LUSTER is a raw and darkly comic look at young punks in love. Limited Theatrical release.

Special Features:

  • Filmmakers' Commmentary
  • Documentary: Everett on Film
  • TLA Releasing Trailers

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Product Details

  • Actors: Justin Herwick, B. Wyatt, Shane Powers, Pamela Gidley, Susannah Melvoin
  • Directors: Everett Lewis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: TLA Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: December 9, 2003
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000DD75T
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,495 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By A Customer on December 9, 2003
Format: DVD
I knew this was going to be a "cool" flick from the opening credits that just list the first names of the cast and crew, but it isn't without its flaws as well. Namely some campy acting, a customer in a record store squealing for Madonna, to numerous subplots that tend to bring down the film as well as audio that tends to be muffled in spots. But overall the more it went on the more I accepted and enjoyed these vagabonds and the flaws found within.

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.
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By A Customer on February 10, 2004
Format: DVD
From the looks of it, this was shot in 16mm, but the graininess and grittiness work just fine with the script. The characters are fleshed-out for the most part and the acting and direction are satisfying. The script is often a bit silly, and these 20-somethings seem to have suffered an arrest of emotional development somewhere around the age of 13, although on some level, most are endearing in a twisted way and you really find yourself liking most of them. There's a bit of gratuitous violence, nudity, substance abuse, sex - the usual stuff - but the pace never flags. Some of the situations are pretty much beyond the pale, but employing a little suspension of disbelief, the viewer will probably find him/herself enjoying the ride.
I'd suggest renting this one before purchasing it.
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The first time I saw this film I was disappointed with the loopy story and irritating "poetry" interspersed in the dialog. But long after I sent the movie back, I was thinking about it and so I rented it again.

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.)
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The fact is that many gay indie films have poor production values and inconsistent acting, so reviewers who are comparing this to a big-budget studio film are making an unfair comparison. What I liked about this film was that it is unapologetically gay. The gayness of the characters is not a big deal, and is neither the source of a standing joke (as in "Will and Grace") nor the cause of all their problems.

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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I love the spoken word--and there are some beautiful ones said here (and mostly well-delivered). From the opening scene, we know just where this film is going, each turn foreshadowed without being ominous or heavy-handed. So we empathize with the characters as they stumble forward, having the advantage of knowing where they are heading which gives this movie a kind of warm predictable feeling despite the many seemingly insatiable appetites. If nothing else, watch and listen for the poetry--its good and definitely worth a listen.
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