Trick (1999) from Tuna and Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)
We disagreed on this one. Tuna found it very entertaining. Scoop couldn't get into it.
Tuna's notes in white:
Trick (1999) consists of a series of improbabilities. A new romantic
musical comedy is a rare thing in itself these days. The fact that
it is about two guys is even less probable. Then there is the fact
that I enjoyed it very much, which I certainly wouldn't have
predicted. Then there is a long topless scene from a woman (Lorri
Bagley). And most improbable of all is a good performance from Tori
Spelling as a hag fag wannabe actress who is the best friend of one
of the guys.
Director Jim Fall is quoted as saying that he made this film for a gay audience. It is a tribute to the freshness and honesty of the script, excellent performances, and good directing that it has obvious crossover appeal. With a genre of approximately Musical, Romantic, Gay comedy, there should be one or more reasons for you to not expect to enjoy it. However, It is a wonderful little comedy that I think most will enjoy.
Scoop's notes in yellow:
The main gay character is a writer of musical comedies. The other gay guy is a go-go dancer.
Why the stereotypes? Can't these guys just be accountants and marketing consultants and insurance salesmen and construction workers and convenience store clerks, like everyone else?
Musical comedies? A male go-go dancer? Gimme a break.
||I couldn't get into it at all. I
didn't like the music, and I just plain wasn't interested in their
world. That wasn't really related to their sexual orientation. I'm
pretty sure I would have found the film just as trite if Christian
Campbell had been a shy straight guy and his love interest had been
a go-go girl. It isn't a bad movie by any means, but it is basically a 1950s-style Rock Hudson and
Doris Day movie, except that Doris Day is played by a real guy
instead of a pretend guy. (Too bad the Rockster wasn't born 40 years
later. He would have enjoyed the love scenes a lot more.) I suppose
it must be a fairly good movie because it did get a very solid 6.8
rating at IMDb, but it's a specialty market movie. Men rate it quite
a bit higher than women do at IMDb, and I don't think those scores
can generally be attributed to heterosexual males. The IMDb top 1000
raters, who provide a reliable and unbiased measurement of
mainstream evaluation, score it 5.9, which seems about right to me.
Tori Spelling plays a best friend of one of the guys, in the role of a bad singer and actress, a part for which she brings impressive qualifications. She delivers a few laughs with empty, non-stop chatter until her character gets too annoying. The annoyance was not the fault of Tori, who delivered the role as written, but the fault of the writers, who just didn't know when the "annoying bad actress joke" was over. Strangely enough, during the movie the heroes encounter a drag queen who looks exactly like - no, not Judy Garland, but Tori Spelling!
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