Title: Trick
Director: Jim Fall
Studio: TLA
Year: 2000
Available: and

Gay men, lesbians, and bisexuals generally end up reading novels about straight people, and watching movies about straight people. Very few movies are available that portray the lives of members of the queer community. Because so few movies have story lines that are relevant to the lives of gay, bisexual, and trans-identified people, almost any queer movie is a treat.

The hero in romantic movies may overcome obstacles to capture the heart of a boy or a girl. Gabe, who writes musical plays, struggles to connect with Mark, a go-go boy. Romantic opportunities are limited by a Gabe’s insecurities, lack of confidence, and awkwardness, almost as much as it is by lack of a place for intimacy. Some of the situations that keep Gabe and Mark apart are humorous, while others are a painful to watch. What starts out to be a one-night stand turns into something that might become a long-term relationship, as the two men get to know each other through a series of events that keep them from spending much time alone.

People wanting a skin-flick will be very disappointed. There are a few shots of men with their shirts off, a scene with a topless woman, and the odd kiss, but there is nothing sexually explicit. Straight people are not likely to be frightened away by the movie. Trick is a pleasant gay romance story.

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