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Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Sweet And Low

Last night G. went to the carry-out down the street and then over to the video store to pick up a DVD.
Dinner + a movie = quality time with the husband.
I hoped for the best, because we have very different tastes in movies.
Thankfully, he done good this time.
Below is the movie we watched, along with my "review".
Sugar (2003) Brendan Fehr, Andre Noble, Maury Chaykin, Sarah Polley

Based on short stories by Bruce LaBruce, Sugar opens with the birthday party of Cliff (Andre Noble), a gay suburban teen who "hasn't done anything with anybody."
After the party, as a present his (very cool) kid sister, Cookie, gives him vodka, a joint, and fare for the subway.
"Drink the vodka, smoke the joint, go downtown and have sex," she tells him.

Once there, he meets a tough young hustler named Butch (Brendan Fehr). Through the course of the night there is abundant drug use, a naked hustler boy party in the back of a limo, and a she-male catfight, among other things. Before the night is through, Cliff is obviously smitten by the handsome hustler. "I think I have a boyfriend!" he beams at one point.
Falling in love with Butch means much more than just giving in to youthful rebellion, though, it means opening himself up to people and places (and risks, and agonies) that his relatively sheltered existence would never allow.

The fly in the ointment is that Butch remains aloof. He won't even admit to himself his attraction to other guys, or his growing fondness for the innocent, sweet Cliff. He is a hustler, after all. Emotions and sex are totally separate in his world. Plus, it's obvious that he's not used to having anyone care about him the way Cliff does.

The acting in this film is top-notch. There were several points when I totally forgot I was watching a movie. The camera work has a distinctly documentary feel, which only adds to the feeling that what you're watching is something that could actually have happened.

There are some really great and also some very disturbing scenes in this movie. To reveal much more would spoil the plot, but I found the scene where the couple jack off under the kitchen table while eating their Corn Flakes particularly entertaining.

Would I recommend this movie to others? Absolutely.
The movie really well done, portraying the glamorous aspect of hustler life and also it's seamier, darker side as well.
Also, the actors are sexy and not afraid to show a little skin, so it's good for the eye candy at the very least.