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Thu 17 Jun, 2010
By Robert Ingham

What makes it even more enjoyable are the little quirky moments that splash the fizzy script

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The Art of Being Straight

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The Art of Being Straight is a warm, funny and sometimes laugh-out-loud film about Jon, a young man who, after breaking up with his girlfriend in Boston, moves to Los Angeles and with his best mate to start a clean slate.
Jon is a 20-something year old player, with girls fawning over his boyish good looks and cheeky charm. Never short of something to say, and able to pull whichever girl he chooses, his life takes a turn when his boss decides to make a play for him.

His best friend from school, Maddy, also lives in LA and disenchanted with her job at a local art gallery working for “a cult of blood-sucking vampires”.

She is at a junction in her life – dating Anne but unsure whether she wants to commit to a full-time, live in relationship. So she spends her time outside from work getting stoned with her new neighbour Aaron, a history teacher.

This is a great little movie, with some wonderful flashes of brilliance from the writer and director, Jesse Rosen, who also plays Jon. What makes it even more enjoyable are the little quirky moments that splash the fizzy script. For example, when the first scene in the art gallery ends, Maddy’s colleague grabs a water bottle and gives the plant in front of them a quick squirt. Random, but perfectly placed.

Rosen has certainly put his heart into this piece, capturing the confusion and nervousness of a young man living his life how he feels, whether that’s with a man or a woman. It’s not a fantastic movie, but it is definitely an inoffensive and fluffy story that everyone will enjoy.

Rachel Castillo as Maddy really sparkles here, bringing the role to vivid life. She has some great lines and really tickles your funny bone. The rest of the cast carry the film ably and some of the cinematography is breathtaking. The scene where night turns into day is, whilst not original, a nice touch and shows the action is always constant.

There is not one scene that lets the side down and I for one loved The Art of Being Straight. It has charm, its heart in the right place and I would have no qualms about watching it again, especially when the weather takes a turn for the worse and I want a movie to settle onto the sofa with (and a tub of Haagen-Dazs).

The Art of Being Straight is released by TLA Releasing.


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