Shock to the System: A Donald Strachey Mystery (2006)
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as Donald Strachey
as Timmy Callahan
as Dr. Cornell
as Mrs. Hale
as Detective Bailey
as Lynn Cornell
as Katey Simmons
as Kenny Kwan
as Jefferson Lewis
as Dr. Sung
as Paul Hale
Critic Reviews for Shock to the System: A Donald Strachey Mystery
While the idea would certainly seem to hold promise for interesting social commentary, the script by Ron McGee lacks the necessary bite, as does the rote direction of Ron Oliver.
This is a sly, refreshingly grown-up gay entertainment, though rather less satisfying as a thriller.
Where film noir is often punch-drunk with a jab of snappy patter and a left hook of world-weary cynicism, Shock tries to clinch with understanding.
... director Ron Oliver applies a thin veneer of straight-to-cable pseudo-gloss without finding a workable tone, and the cast lacks the charisma and chemistry to make the genre and gender-bending register as more than novelty.
A perfectly respectable second entry in the saga of gay private eye Donald Strachey.
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