The Art of Being Straight
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The Art of Being Straight
Officially broken up with his girlfriend and looking for a fresh start in Los Angeles, a young and good-looking photographer finds his life turned upside down after he winds up in bed with a successful male executive in director Jesse Rosen's warmhearted tale of one man's search to discover his true identity. John has always had a way with the ladies, so when he relocates to Los Angeles to live with his old college roommate Andy, it doesn't take long for the old friends to fall back into the familiar pattern of trash talking and womanizing. Initially taken aback when his… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Smart without being smart-alecky, Mr. Rosen's writing avoids the aggressive cleverness and gummy politics of many similarly themed movies, focusing instead on realistic dialogue and low-key interaction."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Being straight is hard to do in this brief, ponderous mumblecore flick."
‑ Anna King, Time Out New York
"The director's inexperience shows at times...but his writing and acting are fine. Indeed, everyone in the cast is quite good."
‑ Fr. Chris Carpenter, Orange County and Long Beach Blade
"The title is the cleverest thing about this minor indie portrait of sexual confusion."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"The psychologically flat script isn't nearly up to the task of depicting the pleasure within confusion/despair (or vice versa); neither are Rosen's acting chops."
‑ Ernest Hardy, Village Voice
"Structured like a comedy, but outfitted with only the most tedious sexual-identity riffs, generic characterizations, and no singular point of view."
‑ Bill Weber, Slant Magazine
"A low-key comedy high on charm and credible twentysomething observation."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"Mildly engaging with an initially intriguing premise and brief moments of wittiness, but ultimately falls flat as a drama. Its bland protagonist, along with a lazy, unimaginative screenplay, leaves you feeling unmoved and underwhelmed."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
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