Sex, Politics & Cocktails (2002)

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A straight man gets a life-changing eyeful when he takes a close-up look at the lives of gay men in this independent comedy. At the age of thirty, Cuban-American Sebastian Cortez (Julien Hernandez) has the feeling his life is going nowhere -- he can't get work as a filmmaker, his relationship with his Prozac-addled girlfriend has resulted in an engagement that isn't leading either of them to the altar, and in his heart he knows he's never really been in love. One day, Sebastian thinks his luck has changed when he's offered a job directing a series of documentaries, only to discover they're all about relationship issues in the gay community. Figuring he needs a crash course in the queer lifestyle, Sebastian calls on his friend Daria (Marisa Petroro), who has no small number of gay acquaintances. As Daria leads Sebastian through a series of cocktail parties with her more flamboyant gay pals, Sebastian quickly finds out more about gay culture than he ever suspected was there, but he also finds himself pondering if the reason he can't find love is he's been looking in the wrong gender. Sex, Politics & Cocktails was the first feature film from writer, director, and actor Julien Hernandez.
Rating: R (adult situations/language)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By: Julien Hernandez , Juien Hernandez
Written By: Julien Hernandez
In Theaters: wide
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Cast

Seth Macari
as Michael
Don Max
as Dante
Paul Lekakis
as Nick, AKA Mr. Bang Bang
Gina Vetro
as Veronica
Devon Michael Jones
as Blaire Edgewood
Ron Doyle
as Mr. Miller
Barry Ashley
as Old Sebastien
Ken Barrow
as Old Billy
Christine Reagan
as Makeup Artist
Jimmy Steele
as Cheater Boy
D.J. McGill
as Bar Waiter
Robert John
as Gossip Boy #1
Michael Reiner
as Gossip Boy #2
Judith Dexter
as Posh Waitress
Richard Taylor
as Posh Waiter
Barry Parker
as Old Queen
Darrin Ramirez
as Party Guest
Diane Hanamoto
as Party Guest
Mark Cirillo
as Mickey Miata
Robert John
as Gossip Boy #1
Richard Taylor
as Posh Waiter
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Critic Reviews for Sex, Politics & Cocktails

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (7)

Julien Hernandez's micro-budgeted, gay-themed vanity project Sex, Politics & Cocktails gives all three a bad name.

July 1, 2005
New York Post
Top Critic

Enthusiastic performances help, but without a logical script or confident direction, the fizz very quickly goes flat.

Full Review… | July 1, 2005
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Structurally, Sex, Politics and Cocktails is wildly, almost frantically inventive ... But no amount of directorial trickery can mask the essential vacuousness of the story and its characters.

Full Review… | June 30, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Comparing Sex to a student film is an insult to the American education system; even film students can make title cards without typos.

Full Review… | June 28, 2005
Village Voice
Top Critic

This peculiar little comedy, shot on digital video, gets points for editorial pizzazz, but earns a big zero for content.

Full Review… | May 19, 2005
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Utterly inept.

Full Review… | May 19, 2005
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for Sex, Politics & Cocktails

Interesting enough concept. Don't think that the writing, acting or editing was good enough to hold this movie together. I really didn't even find any of the characters interesting. Sorry, was funny at times but not enough to hold my attention.

Dave Smith
Dave Smith

I DO ADMIRE THE DIRECTOR ATTEMPTING SOMETHING NEW AND DIFFERENT, BUT IT JUST DOESN'T WORK. THERE ARE SOME AMUSING SCENES THOUGH. CHEAPLY MADE. NICE SHORT LENGTH.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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