Aug 052004

Trick (1999)

The misadventures of two young gay men, trying to find a place to be alone, one night in Manhattan.

Directed by
Jim Fall

Comedy, Romance

Tori Spelling, Christian Campbell, John Paul Pitoc, Brad Beyer, Lacey Kohl, Abbey Hope, Becky Caldwell, Kate Flannery, Steve Hayes, Will Keenan, Joey Dedio, Ricky Ritzel, Lissette Gutierrez, Lorri Bagley, Kevin Andrew


This is a brilliantly observed romance, with some great performances (even by Tori Spelling). A big part of it is about the two main characters getting to know (and like) each other, and Gabriel realising that he’s misjudged Mark just because he’s a go-go boy. This is cleverly done, following a line of ‘don’t judge people by their appearances’, and Gabriel’s realisations are projected onto the audience in a very effective manner- just because Mark dances half naked on a bar for money, it doesn’t mean he’s not intelligent or romantically inclined/trustworthy. JP Pitoc is superb as Mark, and has some of the best lines in the film, my favorite being in the late night restaurant where he answers Tori Spelling’s denial of being a Lesbian in a very eloquent way, which surprises everyone (and the audience too).

Well worth going to see, or getting on DVD if you’re keen on the genre. All my straight friends have enjoyed it, so it should appeal to a wide audience.

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