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Review by Heather Picker | posted September 15, 2000 | E-mail the Author
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Over the past couple of years, the GLBT genre has been inundated with light comedies such as the pleasant BILLY'S HOLLYWOOD SCREEN KISS and BETTER THAN CHOCOLATE, and Jim Fall's TRICK is the latest entry. Instead of spotlighting infatuation with an ambiguous figure or the complications of coming out and a new romance, it focuses on the unexpected relationship that begins when two young men in New York City get together for what both intend to be a one night stand. Gabriel (Christian Campbell), an aspiring musical writer, meets exotic dancer Mark (J.P. Pitoc) after an excursion to Mark's workplace, a male strip club, and the two go back to Gabriel's place with plans that are disrupted first by the presence of Gabriel's friend Katherine (Tori Spelling), a singer/actress whose level of talent doesn't begin to approach what she thinks it is, and then by Rich (Brad Beyer), Gabriel's straight roommate who has reserved their apartment in anticipation of his girlfriend's return from France. < br > Gabriel and Mark spend the rest of the night moving from one comical situation to the next as they try to find a place to consummate their relationship. What do you expect from a film billed as "A story about two guys trying to make it in the big city?" Along for the ride are Perry (Steven Hayes), a friend of Gabriel's, rude drag queen Miss Coco Peru (Clinton Leupp), and Rich's ditzy girlfriend, Judy (Lorri Bagley). Scripted by Jason Schafer, there isn't a significant amount of character development; Mark in particular appears indifferent towards Gabriel for much of the film, but the performances are likable and the script is otherwise funny though not exceptionally so. < br > Campbell is appealing as Gabriel, and John Paul Pitoc appropriately aloof as Mark; the real surprise here is Tori Spelling. She is wonderful as Katherine, a character who is wacky but has an underlying vulnerability that Spelling nicely conveys; she gives a great comedic performance. Of the supporting cast, which also includes Will Keenan and Michele Brilliant--as a character listed in the credits as Little Dyke, only Steve Hayes stands out. The soundtrack, featuring Erin Hamilton's reworking of 'Dreamweaver,' a dance mix of 'I Am Woman,' and two versions of Gabe's song 'Enter You' (one is Katherine's hilariously horrible rendition) nicely compliments the film. Overall, TRICK is a fun comedy worth a rental. < br > DVD Details: Anamorphically-enhanced, the transfer preservers the film's 1.66:1 aspect ratio. As you'd expect from New Line, the transfer is very good. Unsurprisingly, as it was made on a low-budget, there is some grain. Otherwise the picture looks clean with solid colors and no artifacts. The Stereo Surround Sound track is passable. Dialogue is audible and understandable, though I was a bit disappointed that the soundtrack, which at times features pulsating dance music, wasn't well-showcased. Included is the original theatrical trailer, cast and crew filmographies, and well as interactive menus, scene selection. English captioning. Priced at $24.98.
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