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A winning performance by Steve Braun is the only reason anyone, gay or straight, should go near this atrocious sitcom about a young Republican in the early 1970s (Larry Sullivan) who discovers his true sexual orientation in the arms of a pioneering gay-rights activist (Braun). First time writer-director Miles Swain sets much of the action against the backdrop of Anita Bryant's infamous 1977 “Save Our Children” campaign, but the period references, which seem to have been gleaned from back issues of Newsweek, are compromised by the present-day colloquialisms (“What part of 'fuck off' don't you understand?”). When the film turns mawkish in the last reel, the tears are a welcome respite from the glib one-liners that substitute for character development in the first half. 93 min.

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