Luster
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Written and directed by independent filmmaker Everett Lewis, Luster is a low-budget romantic comedy. Would-be poet Jackson (Justin Herwick) is tired of orgies and wants to settle down. While working at the record store owned by Sam (Shane Powers), he attracts the affection of good boy Derek (Sean Thibodeau). However, he would rather have bad boy Billy (Jonah Blechman), who's involved with rock star Sonny Spike (Willie Garson). Meanwhile, Jackson's cousin Jed (B. Wyatt) arrives in town from Iowa and agrees to get naked for lesbian photographer Alyssa (Pamela Gidley). The soundtrack… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Lively, from-the-heart script ... and terrific, natural performances that, like the film itself, are cumulatively affecting."
‑ Hazel-Dawn Dumpert, L.A. Weekly
"If Mr. Lewis intends Luster as a gay romantic fantasy, the fantasy is entirely one-sided."
‑ Dave Kehr, New York Times
"A character can be intelligent and provocative by pointing out the flaws of sophisticated people, but not by posing like a rebel and ripping into stereotypes."
‑ Ian Waldron-Mantgani, UK Critic
"Luster has a charming, skittish quality, and Lewis finds pathos and humor in his characters' often painful search for love."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"So bad in a special gay, L.A. way that it's almost an inept classic of its kind."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"A cool indie flick."
‑ Jon Popick, Planet Sick-Boy
"Surprisingly bland considering the outrageousness of many of the situations."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Already overloaded with too many extraneous characters, this wobbly romance is thrown completely off balance by the Sonny/Billy subplot, which is more disturbing than warranted."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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