Mr. Smith Gets a Hustler (2002)



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Two men search for an emotional center to their lives and become embroiled in a circle of drugs, prostitution, deception, and blackmail in this independently produced feature. Adapted for the screen by Matt Swan from his off-Broadway play, Mr. Smith Gets a Hustler opens with its titular conceit: Middle-aged businessman Mr. Smith (Larry Pine) leaves his comfortable suburban home for Manhattan's Lower West Side one night to hire male prostitute Bobby Blue (Alex Feldman). Once they get to the hotel room, however, Bobby is surprised to find that Mr. Smith would rather talk than have sex with him, and the pair continue to meet -- for a fee -- for philosophical conversations about their home lives and futures, or lack thereof. But when Bobby starts forgoing his other tricks in favor of spending time with Mr. Smith, his pimp Lapp (Benjamin Hendrickson) becomes suspicious, and Bobby and Mr. Smith find themselves the focus of an inordinate -- and inordinately dangerous -- amount of scrutiny.
Comedy , Drama
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Outrider Pictures


Critic Reviews for Mr. Smith Gets a Hustler

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (5)

The actors are forced to grapple with hazy motivations that never come into focus.

December 27, 2002
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
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Though it pretends to expose the life of male hustlers, it's exploitive without being insightful.

Full Review… | October 31, 2002
Dallas Morning News
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Kicks off with an inauspicious premise, mopes through a dreary tract of virtually plotless meanderings and then ends with a whimper.

June 21, 2002
New York Post
Top Critic

Faultlessly professional but finally slight.

June 20, 2002
New York Times
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The high-concept scenario soon proves preposterous, the acting is robotically italicized, and truth-in-advertising hounds take note: There's very little hustling on view.

Full Review… | June 19, 2002
Village Voice
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An encouraging effort from McCrudden

Full Review… | June 21, 2002
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