Trick

  • 1999
  • Movie
  • R
  • Drama, Romance

A treat. A one-night-stand turns to old-fashioned romance before the first kiss is even planted in this charming comedy from first-time feature director Jim Fall. Gabriel (Christian Campbell, Neve's brother) is a struggling musical-theater songwriter who gets a rare shot at fulfilling a fantasy. On the way home from an early evening at a gay bar, Gabe allows...read more

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Reviewed by Ken Fox
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A treat. A one-night-stand turns to old-fashioned romance before the first kiss is even planted in this charming comedy from first-time feature director Jim Fall. Gabriel (Christian Campbell, Neve's brother) is a struggling musical-theater songwriter who gets a rare

shot at fulfilling a fantasy. On the way home from an early evening at a gay bar, Gabe allows himself to be picked-up by Mark (John Paul Pitoc), the hunky go-go boy Gabe noticed earlier, bumping and grinding a thong full of twenty-dollar bills at the club. But the pick-up is the easy part: When

the two get back to Gabe's cramped, one-room apartment, they find Gabe's best friend Katherine (Tori Spelling) -- an aspiring actress with a big mouth, a small part in an all-female production of Salome set in a women's penitentiary, and no boundaries -- has let herself in to print endless copies

of her resume on Gabe's computer. Once the boys get rid of her -- and most of their clothes -- Gabe's oversexed roommate (Brad Beyer) and his ditzy girlfriend (Lorri Bagley) show up two hours ahead of schedule. So it's out into the streets for a desperate night-long search for a trysting place, a

quest that allows Gabe and Mark to discover different sides of NYC's gay nightlife and, ultimately, each other. At a time when it seems the very bottom of the gay romantic-comedy barrel has been scraped clean, Fall's film is an unexpected pleasure: Smart, funny and complete with winning

performances, piquant dialogue and something intelligent to say about promiscuity and dating in the late '90s. Campbell makes for an irresistible hero, and Spelling, who gets to sing and tap-dance, is something of a revelation. She may have found her niche, playing to an audience susceptible to

her considerable camp appeal.

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  • Released: 1999
  • Rating: R
  • Review: A treat. A one-night-stand turns to old-fashioned romance before the first kiss is even planted in this charming comedy from first-time feature director Jim Fall. Gabriel (Christian Campbell, Neve's brother) is a struggling musical-theater songwriter who g… (more)

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