John Paul Pitoc

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Trick Review


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A for effort. C- for implementation. Trick tries hard, really hard, to be a queer version of a Doris Day/Rock Hudson comedy (before any realized those were queer versions of themselves). Christian Campbell makes one of the most earnest playwrite-in-search-of-meaning-and-love characters you're going to see, but Pitoc's "Mike" is as dull as his character name. Spelling livens up the proceedings for awhile, but eventually this film just gets tiresome and mushy. At all of 90 minutes, it's not bad enough to make you give up on it, but greatness is not a word that comes to mind.

Just Can't Get Enough Review


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I had no idea there was a big scandal behind the Chippendale's male revue... who knew the whole thing was born from murder, betrayal, and a poor understanding of estate law?

Such is Dave Payne's story in Just Can't Get Enough, a docudrama that looks like it was made for TV -- as long as you don't consider the near-constant nudity (male and female). Reminiscent of Boogie Nights, the film begins as the story of a do-gooder business student (Jonathan Aube) who wants to work at Chippendale's as a manager, but soon he's dancing on stage, losing his girlfriend, and basically watching his life go down the tubes. By the midpoint, the film has become Rated X, the tepid TV biopic about San Francisco strip club pioneers, the Mitchell brothers.

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In The Weeds Review


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Setting your movie in a restaurant is as close to punting as it gets in moviedom. Someone does it every couple of years (1998: Restaurant, 2000: Dinner Rush), and today they have all blended together into one enormous plate of mashed potatoes and warmed-over gravy.

And while I can understand how laziness can motivate a writer/director to base yet another movie on waitstaff working thankless jobs in a restaurant while dreaming of lives on the outside (just imagine how big the audience of waiters and waitresses must be!), I can't begin to fathom why he'd title that film In the Weeds -- and why a studio like Miramax would allow that title to stick on the eventual straight-to-DVD release that occurs five years after the film's production.

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