Beautiful Something


Beautiful Something (2016)



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In one desperate night, four disparate gay men cruise Philadelphia in pursuit of ever-elusive human connection. Brian, a poet with an already-spent advance and a looming deadline, seeks distraction at dusk-whether that means a hook-up (or two) or confessing his love to his straight best friend. Drew, a renowned sculptor in love with his boyish muse, is eager to finish his latest creation. His model Jim is an unpredictable aspiring actor prone to dramatic outbursts. Simultaneously aroused and intimidated by Drew's talent and devotion, Jim yearns for a modicum of freedom from the sculptor's attentions. Rounding out the quartet is Bob, a wealthy, alcoholic talent agent, cruising the Philadelphia backstreets for a "beautiful something." Despite his aimlessness, he usually finds his target.

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Critic Reviews for Beautiful Something

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

Bits and pieces of the gay-themed drama "Beautiful Something" feel real and essential. But this slow-going film often suffers from a forced, navel-gazing quality that can prove exasperating.

May 5, 2016 | Full Review…

The movie is in dire need of character development and a wider social context.

May 5, 2016 | Full Review…

A compassionate romantic drama.

May 4, 2016 | Full Review…

This film, about six Philadelphia men whose lives criss-cross overnight, works like poetry. It is a figuring-out of various desires through movie codes and poetic form.

Mar 3, 2017 | Full Review…

Graham pulls off a nimble hat-trick, fusing throwback, unapologetic queerness (frank sexuality; a world of tricks, one-night stands, and no moralizing about any of it) and unbridled romanticism.

Nov 15, 2016 | Full Review…

Bad gay movies never take very long to announce themselves as such, and Beautiful Something is no exception.

May 9, 2016 | Full Review…

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