Shock to the System
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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 lifeless body of his latest client, and now in order to catch the killer he'll be forced to rely on his straight-laced husband Tim and overenthusiastic assistant Kenny. As the investigation leads Strachey straight into Dr. Trevor Cornell's dark world of "conversion therapy,' where psychology and religion combine with the singular goal of turning… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"... 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."
‑ Jim Ridley, Village Voice
"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."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"This is a sly, refreshingly grown-up gay entertainment, though rather less satisfying as a thriller."
‑ Nathan Lee, New York Times
"A perfectly respectable second entry in the saga of gay private eye Donald Strachey."
‑ Robert Koehler, Variety
"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."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"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."
‑ Michael Ordoņa, Los Angeles Times
"It's certainly a pleasant enough way to kill 90 minutes."
‑ Pam Grady,
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