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An aspiring composer of musicals (Christian Campbell) encounters protracted difficulties trying to have sex with a go-go boy he's picked up (J.P. Pitoc) in this comedy directed by Jim Fall. I don't want to oversell its merits, but what's relatively refreshing about this is that it isn't another movie about gay men--it's a movie about these gay men. The other Greenwich Village characters who weave in and out of the action--the hero's ditsy actress friend (Tori Spelling), his straight and horny roommate, the latter's eccentric girlfriend, an estranged gay couple, and an outrageous drag queen named Miss Coco Peru (Clinton Leupp)--are comparably singular, and Fall gives certain bits of the story the feel of an old-fashioned musical. Jason Schafer wrote the clever script. Pipers Alley.

--Jonathan Rosenbaum

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