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Trick

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A shy musical comedy composer searches in vain for someplace to bed down with a sexy go-go dancer in this sweet-natured romantic comedy set in Manhattan. College student Gabriel (Christian Campbell) wants to compose musical comedies; Katherine (Tori Spelling), his muse and confidante, wants to star in his productions. In the meantime, she's rehearsing an all-female version of Salomé set in a women's prison while he drowns his sorrows about a negative review at a tony strip club. On the way home from the bar, ...
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Overview

A shy musical comedy composer searches in vain for someplace to bed down with a sexy go-go dancer in this sweet-natured romantic comedy set in Manhattan. College student Gabriel (Christian Campbell) wants to compose musical comedies; Katherine (Tori Spelling), his muse and confidante, wants to star in his productions. In the meantime, she's rehearsing an all-female version of Salomé set in a women's prison while he drowns his sorrows about a negative review at a tony strip club. On the way home from the bar, Gabriel notices Mark (Jean Paul Pitoc), one of the dancers from the club, catnapping in the subway. One mumble-mouthed come-on later, the men attempt to consummate their attraction to one another at Gabriel's tiny apartment, only to find themselves frustrated by pets, roommates, and a visit from Katherine. The couple's attempt to find a suitable boudoir leads them from one location to another; along the way, they discover that their attraction might extend beyond a single afternoon's ardor. Trick marked the feature debut of director Jim Fall, a New York University alumnus who had previously lensed such gay-themed shorts as Shanghai, He Touched Me, and Love Is Deaf, Dumb and Blind. Fall and first-time screenwriter Jason Schafer spent more than three years reworking his original script while raising half a million dollars to finance the film, which appeared at the Sundance and Berlin film festivals in 1999. Much of the publicity over the film centered on the heterosexuality of its two male romantic leads; despite such mild controversy, Trick became a modest art-house hit.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Knowing humor, appealing leads, and a solid screenplay elevate this slick, commercial gay comedy above the glut of similar movies that characterized the late-'90s independent film market. First-time screenwriter Jason Schafer fills his tale of obstructed libido and incipient romance with all the trappings of feel-good gay cinema, but he tweaks his clichés at every turn, either subverting them or pushing them hilariously over the top; from tongue-in-cheek musical numbers to drag queens who refuse to be cuddly to characters who aren't quite what they seem, Schafer has plenty of, well, tricks up his sleeve. Rookie producer/director Jim Fall, meanwhile, paces his film like a seasoned pro, translating his protagonists' mounting frustration into a sense of suspense worthy of a Hollywood action extravaganza. None of this would work, however, if it weren't for the uniformly strong performances. Christian Campbell, the older brother of Neve Campbell, invests the plaintive, show tune-loving Gabriel with a self-deprecating fastidiousness that's utterly dead-on. Tori Spelling, meanwhile, continues her credibility-building spree as Katherine, the Sally Bowles-esque sidekick to Campbell's timid character; from manic song-and-dance numbers to an emotional breakdown set in a greasy spoon, Spelling brandishes her comic timing like a deadly weapon and pokes holes in fag-hag truisms along the way. At first, stage vet Jean Paul Pitoc gets less to work with in the role of Mark, the well-muscled go-go boy who sets the plot in motion, but his cipher-like character reveals deeper layers as the film progresses. By the time we reach the movie's climax (in the plot if not the sexual sense), Mark stands revealed as that most mythical of creatures: the hottie with a heart of gold. Such a dénouement may mark Trick as an unrealistic trifle, but it's an unrealistic trifle of the highest order.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/2014
  • UPC: 888574100056
  • Original Release: 1999
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:29:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 11,303

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christian Campbell Gabriel
John Paul Pitoc Mark
Tori Spelling Katherine
Steve Hayes Perry
Kevin Chamberlin Perry's Ex
Brad Beyer Rich
Lorri Bagley July
Kate Flannery
Veronica Lynn Singer
Technical Credits
Jim Fall Director, Producer
Stephen Altobello Sound Editor
Jody Asnes Production Designer
Mark Beigelman Executive Producer
Anthony Bregman Executive Producer
Robin Carrigan Choreography
Gonzalo Cordoba Art Director
Eric d'Arbeloff Producer
David Friedman Score Composer
Mary Gasser Costumes/Costume Designer
Darren Goldberg Asst. Director
Robert Hawk Co-producer
Liz Ip Asst. Director
Cecily Kaston Asst. Director
Brian A. Kates Editor
Ross Katz Producer
Per Melita Production Manager
Susan Reilly Makeup
Jason Schafer Screenwriter
Susan Shopmaker Casting
Mary Jane Skalski Executive Producer
Terry Stacey Cinematographer
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