Reviewed by: Trinity

Sex, one-night stands and musical librettos. What could be more natural? Young, gay, aspiring musical composer Gabriel is having no luck with his career or romance in New York. After being told to get some life experience to put in his songs, Gabriel meets up with Mark, a good-looking go-go dancer. All he wants to do is have sex, but friends, flatmates and fate seem to be conspiring against him.

Trick features something previously thought impossible: a delightful performance from Tori Spelling. Successfully sending up her normal roles, she dominates the scenes she appears in. That's not to say that the rest of the cast are bad, each plays their part with the right amount of sensitivity or camp.

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Locations are well used - piano bars, clubs, the damp New York streets - in a similar way to Martin Scorsese's After Hours. Indeed, the central theme of a guy chasing his dream date round the streets at night, and being thwarted at every turn is just like After Hours. But Trick is more than that, with a witty script full of choice lines. A lot of the jokes will probably be lost on a straight audience but there's still enough humour and love for Trick to appeal to everyone.

Reviewed on: 19 Jan 2001
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Two gay men have a night of misadventures in Manhattan.
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Angus Wolfe Murray **1/2

Director: Jim Fall

Writer: Jason Schafer

Starring: Christian Campbell, John Paul Pitoc, Tori Spelling, Lorri Bagley, Brad Beyer

Year: 1999

Runtime: 89 minutes

BBFC: 15 - Age Restricted

Country: US


EIFF 1999

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