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Straight Up

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Director James Sweeney’s debut feature is a hilarious, sexual identity-bending romantic comedy piled high with razor-sharp one-liners delivered at light-speed.
Sweeney stars as Todd, a hyper-articulate, obsessive-compulsive gay man in Los Angeles whose avalanche of insecurities around dates and sex lead him to a baffling conclusion: he might not be gay at all! Despite all evidence to the contrary and against the advice of his closest friends, Todd is determined to give dating women a try. Enter Rory (Kate Findlay), an aspiring actress hitting a personal and professional wall. Unable to land either a role or a decent human connection, she wonders whether she’s operating on a higher intellectual plane than her peers or if she’s just too stubborn to play everyone else’s game. A latter-day Tracy and Hepburn, the fast-talking odd couple hit it off and start dating – but how long can a relationship last that’s all stimulating talk and no actual touch? With a playful, refreshingly frank script exploring the sometimes confusing world of modern day sex/dating rituals and identity politics, and a cast including Randall Park (Fresh Off the Boat), Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad), and Tracie Thoms (Rent), Straight Up is a charming, Nora Ephron-channeling romance for the 21st century. (Dir. by James Sweeney, 2019, USA, 95 mins., Not Rated)

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