Straight Up

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Well-acted and sharply written, Straight Up serves as an effervescent calling card for writer/director/star James Sweeney.

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Release date: Feb 28, 2020

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Todd is a hyper-articulate, obsessive compulsive gay twenty-something whose fear of dying alone leads him to a baffling conclusion: he might not be gay after all. When he meets Rory, a whip-smart struggling actress with her own set of insecurities, the two forge a relationship that's all talk and no sex. Writer-Director-Star James Sweeney delivers a razor sharp rom-com that's equal parts Classical Hollywood and distinctly 21st century, exploring just how elastic our definitions of love and sexuality can get.

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Critic Reviews for Straight Up

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (2)

  • A relevant and resonant rom-com.

    May 27, 2020 | Full Review…
  • [W]atching these two smart people outsmart themselves and each other has its modest yet real pleasures, not to mention an undercurrent of melancholy that makes the laughs stick to the ribs

    May 6, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
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  • On the surface, Sweeney's film is a playful examination of sexual fluidity, but underneath the gags, it's really a universal, sweet movie about the modern complexities of finding a soulmate.

    April 16, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Sweeney and Findlay, who's a real find, are head-spinningly good here, juggling their torrents of dialogue with aplomb.

    March 5, 2020 | Full Review…
  • An assured and refreshing first feature from writer/director/star James Sweeney.

    February 28, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Sweeney updates that grand and glorious mode of run-for-cover screwball to the age of pop-culture-saturated digital millennials who think faster than they can process. And he does it with a flair that would leave Ben Hecht smiling.

    February 27, 2020 | Full Review…

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