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Punks

Exuberant and entertaining, Patrick-Ian Polk's deft 2000 comedy combines the showbiz excess of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert with the sharp romantic observations of Sex and the City. Four African-American men fall in and out of love in west LA; their drag-queen act, the Sisters, provides camp commentary on their personal adventures. Among the attractive cast are Seth Gilliam, terrific as the incurably romantic fashion photographer who must learn how to get in front of his own lens, and Rockmond Dunbar, a hunk whose uncertain sexuality serves as a tease through most of the film. The other characters wrestle with drugs, jealousy, and the temptation of anonymous trysts; though the film can be manipulative and predictable, it carries some hard-won lessons about love and sex. 103 min.

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