The Art of Being Straight
The Art of Being Straight (2008)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 20, 2008
DVD Release Date: March 9, 2010
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Critic Score: 38% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

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.

Anna King
Time Out

Being straight is hard to do in this brief, ponderous mumblecore flick.

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Fr. Chris Carpenter
Orange County and Long Beach Blade

The director's inexperience shows at times...but his writing and acting are fine. Indeed, everyone in the cast is quite good.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

The title is the cleverest thing about this minor indie portrait of sexual confusion.

Ernest Hardy
Village Voice

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.

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Bill Weber
Slant Magazine

Structured like a comedy, but outfitted with only the most tedious sexual-identity riffs, generic characterizations, and no singular point of view.

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Dennis Harvey

A low-key comedy high on charm and credible twentysomething observation.

Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 31% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
With surprisingly good acting and a smart script, The Art of Being Straight takes a nuanced approach to young adults' struggles with sexuality issues. The… More
jay nixon
This starts off well enough but quickly devolves into meaningless scattered scenes until it abruptly ends in a sort of non ending.