Writer-director Brad Davis adapted his own coming-out play, Poor Superman for film, and the result is a perceptively character study that never feels cramped or static.
Acclaimed Canadian artist David (Troy Ruptash) feels hemmed in by his cliquish reputation and decides he needs to reconnect with the reality. Though his art has made him wealthy, David takes a job waiting tables at his transvestite friend Shannon's (Thom Allison) favorite hangout, which is owned by married couple Matt (Vincent Corazza) and Violet (Cherilee Taylor). Meanwhile, David’s nosey friend Kryla (Lynda Boyd), a newspaper reporter, gets wind of his novel approach to unblocking the creative juices and praises the cafe in her column. David’s expertise ensures that business booms; the only hitch is that David has fallen for Matt and begins painting idealized, erotic portraits of his unsuspecting muse. When Matt finally sees the pictures, he realizes that he has feelingfor David as well and plunges into his first homosexual affair. But he's not ready to leave Violet, which puts David in an awkward position. He wants to exhibit his new work, but doing so would out David and probably destroy his marriage. As Kryla takes him to task for seducing a married man and Shannon suffers a health crisis, David can think of nothing but capturing his beloved on canvas. Everyone stands to get hurt by this out-of-left-field relationship, which is defined by Matt’s cowardice on the one hand and David’s recklessness on the other.
Fraser elicits strong performances from his cast especially the sparkling Boyd and while the story would feel more focused without the Shannon subplot, Fraser's insights into David and Matt's complicated relarionship ring true.
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- Released: 2001
- Rating: NR
- Review: Writer-director Brad Davis adapted his own coming-out play, Poor Superman for film, and the result is a perceptively character study that never feels cramped or static. Acclaimed Canadian artist David (Troy Ruptash) feels hemmed in by his cliquish repu… (more)