The 24th Day
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A casual gay pickup turns into a nightmare in Tony Piccirillo's adaptation of his play, The 24th Day. Tom (Scott Speedman of TV's Felicity) approaches Dan (James Marsden of X-Men) in a bar, and the two hit it off. Tom brings Dan home to his apartment, where, after some idle chatter, Dan tries to kiss Tom. Tom shies away, and begins asking Dan about his sexual history. Dan eventually realizes that he's been in Tom's apartment before. They had an encounter several years ago, and Tom has a much clearer memory of that night than Dan does. Eventually, things turn ugly, and Dan finds… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 21%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The movie is never more than a hesitantly filmed recording of the play."
‑ Robert Koehler, Variety
"Scott Speedman and James Marsden, two talented and attractive actors who know how to hold attention, perform with depth and range."
‑ Rex Reed, New York Observer
"The battle of wits and the search for the truth goes along right up until the film's unpredictable ending."
‑ Don Willmott,
"For all its flaws, it's still pretty effective, thanks to Scott Speedman and James Marsden."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"At times The 24th Day plays like a two-man actor's workshop. As navigated by talented actors and director, it nonetheless proves a riveting ride."
‑ Philip Wuntch, Dallas Morning News
"Despite strong performances, this drawn-out Day feels like a cross between the claustrophobic play it once was, and the R-rated After-School Special it wants to be."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"The ceaseless twists and turns Piccirillo keeps introducing are at first intriguing, but eventually become tiresome, as if he's trying to hold our interest any way he can."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"There's something deeply troubling, not to mention cruel, about Piccirillo's willingness to use AIDS as the ultimate consequence in a scenario about truth and sexual behavior, and about a scenario in which a gay man is once again targeted as patient zero."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"What might have proved reasonably compelling onstage comes across as forced on film, with credibility taking a back seat to contrivance."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Boasts one of the most ludicrous plots ever committed to digital video."
‑ Megan Lehmann, New York Post
"Can perhaps be commended for attempting to raise serious moral issues, but not for the ham-fisted way it does so."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"An ethically repugnant, relentlessly monotonous chamber drama that manages the difficult trick of boring and irritating its viewers simultaneously."
‑ Gabriel Shanks, Mixed Reviews
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