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Sideline Secrets


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Product Details

  • Actors: James Townsend, Alex Wilson, Sarah Kelly, Dan Swett
  • Directors: Steven Vasquez
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Ariztical Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 21, 2006
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000IHYXQC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,231 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Devon (James Townsend) seems to be your typical high-school teenager. He is from a successful family, has a loving girlfriend willing to take their relationship to the next level, and is at the top of his graduating class. Nevertheless, things aren't exactly what they seem. Overcome with the realizations of his hidden sexuality, Devon quickly finds himself falling for the streetwise and flirtatious Brian (Alex Wilson) after a chance encounter destined to change everything. Soon, as the romance flourishes between the two, a world of new opportunities opens up. But something isn't quite right. As a number of boys start disappearing around town and family tensions grow back at home is quickly learned that for every truth in life there is an even darker secret waiting to accompany it. The Director's Cut contains full frontal nudity & erotic situations.

Customer Reviews

I could go on and on about how bad this movie truly is.
D. C. Mappin
While this film appears disjointed, with too many flashbacks, and fast-forwards, the viewer is somewhat rewarded via ample frontal nudity.
JAYWATCH
I won't even say it's the worst movie I have ever seen.
Scadhog

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 22, 2007
Format: DVD
Steven Vasquez directed and co-wrote with James Townsend, the star, this strange little drama cum horror flick with evidently very good ideas and intentions: make a gay film that takes a different storyline than the usual fare and make a drama that wants to be judged on its merits as a thriller. So why doesn't it work?

For starters the film loses direction from the opening frame and wanders rather aimlessly throughout the film, dead set on making a suspense thriller but getting sidetracked into satisfying an audience who wants to see nude encounters. Not that that is a bad thing: it can certainly enhance some films that have been Hollywood successes. The film also tries to talk about coming out experiences in young men and women, relationships, disturbed parenting, the club scene with all the wild antics that accompany such events - and murder. It is all a bit much to cram into a 96-minute film.

Devon (James Townsend) by all appearances is a successful kid with a kind girlfriend Jenna (Sarah Kelly) but he has an eye for boys and visits a bar where he meets Brian (Alex Wilson) who has been down the same path and can offer Devon assistance on every level. They bond, Devon comes out, and the mysteries begin: boys are missing in the neighborhood, Devon's stepfather psychologist Dr. Kirk Tyler (Dan Swett) is not at all what he appears to be and despite Devon's consoling mother Donna (Sonja Fisher) Devon is cast into the streets because of his new relationship. It seems Dr Tyler is in a dark business with hunky Detective Cunningham (Earl McDougle) who apparently is investigating the missing boys... Devon gathers his resources from his understanding girlfriend Jenna and her cronies and together the group unveils the dark doings of Dr. Tyler and his detective sidekick.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Witt on October 28, 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I am a staunch supporter of young film makers, and love a good "coming-out" story; however, trainwreck as another viewer called this, doesn't even begin to describe how bad this film is. I've seen better high school and community theater productions! The acting--particulary the mother and step-father sounded as though it was being read for the very first time.

With the right cast, the script might have had half a chance, but even that's questionable with same old tired gay cliches and predictable stereotypes.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Paul Sanderson on June 28, 2006
Format: DVD
This movie is loads of fun! It is truly a "little engine that could"! It is easy to point finger and knock down points for a film because it is low budget and stuff, but there really isn't much room to do so with this one. Sideline Secrets takes a few seeds and manages to plant an entire orchard. What I am saying is the fact that this film does best with what it has and in the end it comes out as a true winner. The actors are great. I think we will be seeing some of them in bigger projects in the near future as they clearly have a passion and comfort for what they do. The story is very dark. It touches upon a lot of controversial subject matter involving molestation, rape, physical abuse, alcoholism, and more. But, dont get too frightened, although much of the subject matter is serious, the movie knows how to tie it all into a somewhat complicated yet very entertaining story. The romantic story at the core in nice to see. I am glad to see movies like this climbing the charts. It has reached the #2 bestseller spot on another popular online retail store. For me it is no wonder why. Sideline Secrets truly is a gem to be found for many.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. C. Mappin on October 20, 2006
Format: DVD
I am not sure what the filmmakers of this train wreck were striving for when they made this low budget movie. I think the film is nothing more than an excuse to film young male actors nude. The film wants to be something it is not--it wants to be a mystery film when in reality it is a no-class softcore porn flick. To call this movie cinema is an insult to filmmakers and to viewers fooled into watching it!

Needless to say I think this film has few, if any, redeeming features. Where to begin? The plot is weak asking us to believe in characters doing things that no one with one ounce of logic would do (for example, the mother leaves home for a few days to visit an aunt knowing her husband recently slugged her son in the face without provocation).

I did not believe for one single moment any of the situations that were happening. The acting? Hmmm. Okay, I'll give the two young male leads some credit here. They made the best of a bad situation. In fact, most of the the young actors were passable (just passable), however, the adults are another story entirely. I would venture the entire movie's dialogue, especially the well-intentioned actress playing "Devon's" mother, was looped. The voices don't sound right. The acting ability of the actor portraying the step-father was about as subtle as the smell of a fertilizer plant... i.e., he reeked!

This movie has cardboard characters possessing no real sense of believability. For those who claim this movie is camp is doing that genre a disservice. I read a few reviews that complained that the young male actors weren't hot enough-- what a ridiculous notion! Those comments miss the point of this film entirely. This was not supposed to be a story about hot men, but about teen exploitation.
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