Shock to the System: A Donald Strachey Mystery
Shock to the System: A Donald Strachey Mystery (2006)

The traditional crime thriller gets a modern twist with this sequel to Third Man Out following the further adventures of gay detective Donald Strachey (Chad Allen). Hard boiled private investigator Donald Strachey has just found the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 13, 2007
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

While the idea would certainly seem to hold promise for interesting social commentary, the script by Ron McGee lacks the necessary bite, as does the rote direction of Ron Oliver.

Jim Ridley
Village Voice

... director Ron Oliver applies a thin veneer of straight-to-cable pseudo-gloss without finding a workable tone, and the cast lacks the charisma and chemistry to make the genre and gender-bending register as more than novelty.

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Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Were it not for the fact that the hero and many of the major supporting characters are gay... this breezy, disposable film could as easily have been a mainstream network pilot for a McMillan and Wife-style series.

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Nathan Lee
New York Times

This is a sly, refreshingly grown-up gay entertainment, though rather less satisfying as a thriller.

Robert Koehler

A perfectly respectable second entry in the saga of gay private eye Donald Strachey.

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Pity there was no room for Phyllis Diller or Carol Channing here, because then the film might have had a leg up on Scooby-Doo and the Creepy Castle.

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Michael Ordoņa
Los Angeles Times

Where film noir is often punch-drunk with a jab of snappy patter and a left hook of world-weary cynicism, Shock tries to clinch with understanding.

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Pam Grady

It's certainly a pleasant enough way to kill 90 minutes.