The Art of Being Straight (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Art of Being Straight (2008)



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Officially broken up with his girlfriend and looking for a fresh start in Los Angeles, a young and good-looking photographer finds his life turned upside down after he winds up in bed with a successful male executive in director Jesse Rosen's warmhearted tale of one man's search to discover his true identity. John has always had a way with the ladies, so when he relocates to Los Angeles to live with his old college roommate Andy, it doesn't take long for the old friends to fall back into the familiar pattern of trash talking and womanizing. Initially taken aback when his ex-girlfriend Maddy introduces him to her new girlfriend, Anna, John soon finds himself falling into a homosexual relationship of his own after landing a job at a posh L.A. ad agency.
Comedy , Drama , Gay & Lesbian
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Jared Grey
as Andy
Anne Reeder
as Simone
Steve Reisch
as Gallery Owner
Lisa Pendse
as Michelle
Jim Dineen
as Young Male Assistant
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Critic Reviews for The Art of Being Straight

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (5)

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.

June 5, 2009
New York Times
Top Critic

The title is the cleverest thing about this minor indie portrait of sexual confusion.

June 5, 2009
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

A low-key comedy high on charm and credible twentysomething observation.

Full Review… | June 4, 2009
Top Critic

Being straight is hard to do in this brief, ponderous mumblecore flick.

Full Review… | June 3, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 3, 2009
Village Voice
Top Critic

Mildly engaging with an initially intriguing premise and brief moments of wittiness, but ultimately falls flat as a drama. Its bland protagonist, along with a lazy, unimaginative screenplay, leaves you feeling unmoved and underwhelmed.

Full Review… | June 7, 2009
NYC Movie Guru

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.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

I absolutely understand gay & lesbian genre is usually low-budget, non-mainstream productions. But can the producers at least be more decent- in terms of attitude & productions?


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.

Jim Chatman
Jim Chatman

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