This homoerotic variation on SLEUTH and DEATHTRAP isn’t as skillfully mapped out as either of those nasty thrillers but may just be the best film ever made in Austin, Texas.
To finance his one-man show, gay hustler Jonathon Tori (David Christopher) turns
tricks and deals drugs as he tours from city to city. While performing in Austin, Texas, Jonathon platonically crashes at the home of Michael Bradley (David Stokey) and his boy-toy, Tom Graham (Cory Schneider). Tom fusses about allowing amoral trash like Jonathon to sully their love nest, acting as though he doesn't know that Jonathan and Michael were once a couple, both professionally and personally. In fact, the hypocritical Michael left a trail of crooked business deals in his wake and on one occasion abandoned Jonathan, who was both left heartbroken and holding the bag for one of Michael's grifts.
And Michael hasn't turned over a new leaf: To keep Tom in style, Michael has been shuffling other people’s money at work, unbeknownst to his current boss, Bill (Edwin Neal). Grateful for an opportunity to escape the drama at home, Michael attends a Chicago conference with clients. It never occurs to him to worry about leaving Tom and Jonathon alone together after all, Tom loathes their houseguest. Or so he thinks. In point of fact, Jonathan loves Tom and maneuvered him into Michael’s bed in preparation for a big scam that will hurt Michael where it counts right in the bank account. Unfortunately, Jonathon has run afoul of his dope suppliers and they're in a position to queer his plans, so to speak. Michael returns early and senses infidelity, but has no idea how thoroughly he's being betrayed; Tom, meanwhile, has started to care for Michael, which complicates Jonathan’s scheme.
Screenwriter Aaron Brown cunningly sets up this complicated house of cards while director S. L. Turley primes viewers to cheer when it collapses. The film might have benefited from casting sweet-faced Stokey as Tom and the jaded-looking Schneider as Michael rather than the other way around, but the magnetic
Christopher is flawless as Jonathon and should be able to smolder his way out of panhandle productions and into a mainstream career.
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- Released: 2002
- Rating: R
- Review: This homoerotic variation on SLEUTH and DEATHTRAP isn’t as skillfully mapped out as either of those nasty thrillers but may just be the best film ever made in Austin, Texas. To finance his one-man show, gay hustler Jonathon Tori (David Christopher) turn… (more)