The Art of Being Straight (2008)
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Critic Reviews for The Art of Being Straight
The title is the cleverest thing about this minor indie portrait of sexual confusion.
Smart without being smart-alecky, Mr. Rosen's writing avoids the aggressive cleverness and gummy politics of many similarly themed movies, focusing instead on realistic dialogue and low-key interaction.
A low-key comedy high on charm and credible twentysomething observation.
The psychologically flat script isn't nearly up to the task of depicting the pleasure within confusion/despair (or vice versa); neither are Rosen's acting chops.
Audience Reviews for The Art of Being Straight
With surprisingly good acting and a smart script, The Art of Being Straight takes a nuanced approach to young adults' struggles with sexuality issues. The film failed to significantly grapple with issues of how the other people in the characters' lives might react and the impact of that reaction, which is unfortunate because it leaves the film feeling incomplete. Nevertheless, the film is funny, intelligent and well worth watching.
This starts off well enough but quickly devolves into meaningless scattered scenes until it abruptly ends in a sort of non ending.
I was very impressed with Jesse Rosen's performance in the movie and didn't even know until it was over that he also wrote, directed and produced the film. I really really really liked Rachel Castillo, too. I hope that someone else recognizes the talent that these 2 actors have.
The movie is too short, but it's fun, funny, and sometimes a bit uneasy-making only because you can remember squirming in the exact same situations. There's some nice eye candy in the film, but the real reason to watch it is Jesse Rosen's and Rachel Castillo's performances together. If they didn't know each other before this movie was made, then my regard for them goes up even more because they play off each other the way that 2 people who've known each other for a very long time do.
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