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Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss (1998)

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This gay-lifestyle comedy features aspiring photographer Billy who becomes entranced by Gabriel. Billy takes Gabriel on as a model, but Gabriel eventually leaves Billy for better modeling assignments. Several fantasy sequences parody Vertigo, '30's musicals, and From Here to Eternity.
Rating:
R (For language, some sexuality and drug content.)
Genre:
Comedy , Romance
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Studio:
Trimark Pictures

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Cast

Sean Hayes
as Billy
Brad Rowe
as Gabriel
Paul Bartel
as Rex Webster
Robbie Cain
as Joshua
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Critic Reviews for Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (4)

When Billy ends his opening monologue saying that the film is for both gays and straights, he is not lying.

Full Review… | October 20, 2005
TheMovieReport.com

utterly charming

November 8, 2004
Shadows on the Wall

Once you've gotten your tongue around that awkward little title you might actually enjoy "Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss." I did.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Audience Reviews for Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss

There's nothing deep and meaningful about this movie, but Sean Hayes is adorable and that alone made this movie worth watching. If he had not been in it, I probably would have rated this more like two or three stars, but he was so likeable that it made the entire movie more enjoyable.

Amanda Hendsbee
Amanda Hendsbee

CUTE! CUTE! CUTE! This is a really quirky and charming movie, and Sean Hayes is just adorable in it.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

If I could I might give this film 2.5 stars. I read one reviewer stating that this was not a "gay" film. I do not know how that statement could possibly be made. Not that it is in any way a problem, and yes the character does go through things that we can all relate to, but for crying out loud, Hayes starts the movie by saying, "Hi, I am a homosexual" and begins speaking to the trials and tribulations of being a homosexual in an overwhelmingly heterosexual world. So let us call it what it is...a movie about navigating the waters of gay life that even a heterosexual can relate to ok? This movie had some potential. Starving artist seeks love in all the wrong places. Finds possible love in a man who is unsure about his own sexuality. The notion of "being there" for someone when he comes out of the closet like a mentor (I have a friend who has stated that he wished he had someone to guide him when he came out). It also had some very brave scenes where one might see this film on stage rather than a screen. Where it falls short? The acting was terrible. So terrible that it overtook everything in the film. You never cared about any of the characters except Sean Hayes (because this is the only character who they built...and they didn't do the greatest job of that). His monologues about the self were done in such a monotone voice that I found myself drifting away as he spoke. It wasn't that they weren't interesting it was simply that he was stating them as if he were on downers rather than the dreamy, reminiscence that they were shooting for. Also, the constant interjection of 5+ minute drag queen love songs...they were fun to start, but they went on forever...kinda like I am doing now. I wanted to like this film. Really, I did, but I didn't. It had a chance to make something great out of itself, but did not get there. Rent it on a dare if you like, but I cannot say this film is one to recommend.

Dean L
Dean L

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