The Journey of Jared Price (2000)





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A young man moves to the big city and has to make some tough choices about who he is and what he wants in this gay-themed coming-of-age story. Jared Price (Corey Spears) is a young man of 19 who has decided he wants to see more of the world than one can find in the small town in Georgia where he was born and raised. With little more than a backpack full of clothes and a couple hundred dollars, Jared heads for California to start a new life. Jared has long felt unsure about his sexual orientation, and while staying at a youth hostel he enters into a friendship with another young man, Robert (Josh Jacobson), which soon becomes something much deeper. Needing a job, Jared is hired as a caretaker for Mrs. Hanes (Rocki Craigg), a rich, elderly woman who has lost her sight. While looking after Mrs. Haines, Jared gets to know Matthew (Steve Tyler), Mrs. Haines' son, who doesn't take long to express his attraction to Jared, even though he's nearly a decade-and-a-half his senior. Jared and Matthew become lovers, but Jared begins to wonder if Matthew is simply taking advantage of him, and has to decide if job security is more important to him than his self-worth. Shot on digital video equipment, The Journey of Jared Price was the first feature film from writer and director Dustin Lance Black.
Comedy , Drama , Romance , Gay & Lesbian
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Corey Spears
as Jared Price
Mark Marsh
as Hostel Manager
Josh Jacobson
as Robert
Rocki Craigg
as Mrs. Haines
Steve Tyler
as Matthew Haines
Bryan Shyne
as Andrew
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Very low budget, and the acting is a bit on the amateur side, but it?s a really good story and well written. It?s simple, very touching and heartfelt. It?s very sincere and Dustin Lance Black?s direction is excellent, especially considering the restraints he had to deal with. It?s always interesting.

James Higgins
James Higgins

I rented this because of Dustin Lance Black, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of MILK and writer on BIG LOVE. I figured his early effort at writing/directing a gay coming of age movie were worth viewing. They are, barely. You're not going to find anything startlingly original here. You're going to have to ignore the very low budget shot-on-video quality. You're going to have to accept the acting as a lesson on what not to do in film. You're going to have to squelch your prurient interest about how Black cast the lead to look so much like himself (I did). But you do get a very sweet and romantic sentiment, a believable construct for the characters, a story arc that almost certainly has happened often in real life (predatory older guy, confused closety young guy, best-friend buddy, old-lady mentor, the evils of the big city. I kept thinking I'd sampled it, I should turn it off. Only I didn't. So there.

Nick Demartino
Nick Demartino

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