Broadway Damage (Blu-ray)
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"Broadway Damage" follows the lives of three characters who just finished college and are ready to set the world on fire... if only they can get a decent job. One main character falls in love with a hot singer, only to find that he is not what he seems, but he later realizes that the man of his dreams was right under his nose all along. It's a storyline you may have seen before, but you have never seen it portrayed this brilliantly.
"Broadway Damage" is amazing in many respects: the talents of the actors are amazing; the editting of the film is immaculate - and could not have been better; the original music used in the film is the best I have heard in decades -especially Cindy Soltoff's "Men/Someone" piece, which is one of THE best songs to ever appear in a film or musical; and the dialogue is some of the best, wittiest dialogue you have ever heard out of the mouths of actors this young (early 20's). The film shows their naivete, but more importantly, it shows their hearts, and they are lovely hearts to spend some time with.
To call this film technically excellent is a great understatement. It is SUPERB in its technical qualities. For a low budget film it is no less than a miracle. You feel exactly as if you are there with the characters, strolling around Greenwich Village. And some scenes are so memorable... well, you just have to see them for yourselves. I can not recommend this wonderful film highly enough.
Anyway, worth seeing and glad to have found it.
Robert has two dreams: becoming a songwriter and landing Marc. Likewise, Marc also has two dreams: landing a role on Broadway, and finding a handsome boyfriend. In addition to their friendship, Robert and Marc have one thing in common: "girlfriend" Cynthia, who is trying to find a job (one job in particular, that is). Marc and Cynthia decide to share an apartment. One day, while staring out the window of their new apartment, Marc discovers the man of his dreams (a musician with stunning good looks, of course).
Marc explains to Robert the concept of the "Grand Gesture". Its when you swallow your pride, buy flowers or something, and let that special person know you're in love with them. Easy for Marc to say, since he is good looking and popular with the gents. Not so easy for Robert, who gets turned down by the card store cashier. Humiliated, Robert gives up on good-looking boyfriends.
Here is where the story varies from the typical Streisand plot. While ugly-duckling Streisand becomes the beautiful swan by using her voice, her talent or (in the most fictional of plots) a makeover, Robert stays plain old Robert. Can Marc see past Robert's dull exterior? Can Marc see past the musician's beautiful exterior? Will Robert get the courage to do the "Grand Gesture" to Marc?
Those are the questions to be answered in Broadway Damage. By the way, what's with the title? Alhough the movie explains what "broadway damage" is, I'm not sure it was the best choice for the title. Personally, I would have chosen "The Grand Gesture".
Back to Streisand... If you love "The Mirror has Two Faces", you'll love Broadway Damage. If you hated "Mirror", chances are you'll still like Broadway Damage, anyway.