Trick (1999)

Trick (1999)

A witty and refreshing comedy-of-errors depicting the gay community in the big city

7.4

Movie

United States of America
English
Comedy, Romance
1999
JIM FALL
Brad Beyer, Christian Campbell, Debbie Troche
89 min

TLDR

Jim Fall, Jason Schafer… I know it’s been years since you’ve talked about the sequel but PLEASE we are begging for it.

What it's about

Aspiring Broadway songwriter Gabriel has never felt the urge to kiss and have sex with someone he’s just met… at least until he runs into Mark, a go-go dancer at a local gay club. He’s hoping to seal the deal, though the two men keep getting interrupted.

The take

When forming a connection with someone, sometimes it doesn’t go the way you plan to– it’s a familiar romcom thread, something from the classics, but it’s a story that works. Trick is a witty comedy of errors with a similar thread, but through the various obstacles shy gay man Gabriel has in trying to get a one night stand, the romcom neatly introduces him, and us, to Greenwich Village’s gay community of the 1990s: the casual piano bars, the vibrant nightclubs, and the fun drag shows. It’s charming, it’s sweet, it’s humorous, and it has a lighthearted relatable struggle, one that focuses on the joys and pleasures of falling in love as a gay man.

What stands out

It’s just so refreshing seeing a film unashamed of sexuality, especially in the more sex-averse mainstream film landscape of the early 2020s.

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