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Hard Pill Review


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What if a gay guy could take a pill that would make him straight? Would he do it? What kinds of consequences would there be? While a setup like this is easy to imagine, it's more of a challenge to follow through with a screenplay that doesn't descend into camp. Hard Pill succeeds through subtlety, not only by exploring the huge psychological price paid by the guy who takes the pill, but also by noting the damage his decision inflicts on the friends he has spent years gathering around him.

Young L.A. average gay guy Tim (Jonathan Slavin) is unlucky in love and gets his only sexual kicks by providing quickies to his allegedly straight friend Don (Mike Begovich). His crush on the new arrival at the office, Matt (Jason Bushman), comes to a halt when he finds out Matt is straight, so he's left to chat with his overweight officemate and friend Sally (Susan Slome) and to be dragged reluctantly to the bars by his out and proud friend Joey (Scotch Ellis Loring), who has the annoying habit of abandoning him as soon as he makes a bathroom hookup for the night.

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This Is Not An Exit: The Fictional World Of Bret Easton Ellis Review


Bad
"My problem was being a young man with money in Manhattan," says Bret Easton Ellis, citing his inspiration for American Psycho. When it comes to vivid fantasies of alienated urban narcissism, his prose strikes a chilling, edgy chord. Like skimming the surface of an icy lake, we are left imagining the dark depths below.

Hey, that really sounds poetic! I'm gonna have another Valium before writing the rest of this review -- maybe someday I'll be as glib as Ellis!

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