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Friday, November 5, 2010

Groovy LGBT Film Festival #6: Role/Play

After last year's light comedy, Make the Yuletide Gay, writer/director Rob Williams returns to a more serious vein with his latest film, Role/Play, about two men trying to escape from their troubled lives. Closeted soap opera star Graham Windsor (Steve Callahan) is fired from his show after a shocking sex tape outs him to the world, while gay marriage advocate Trey Reed (Matthew Montgomery) is going through a messy divorce from his husband. As the film begins, these guys meet up at a Palm Springs inn, where they're both looking to get away from the public eye. They initially don't hit it off, but after stripping down to their Speedos and sharing a bottle of wine, well, one thing leads to another. And when you cast a sexy real-life couple like Callahan and Montgomery in the lead roles, you kind of expect the two of them to eventually jump each other's bones (also, the movie's poster features them in a passionate liplock).

Role/Play is a talky drama as Graham and Trey become better acquainted while discussing their individual problems. Fortunately, they enjoy chatting without any clothes on and in between some sizzling sexual encounters. It also helps that Callahan and Montgomery are both very charismatic actors who make you care about their characters. I also liked Jim J. Bullock in the amusing role of Graham's agent and David Pevsner as the inn's owner who doesn't want people skinny dipping in his pool (of course, such a rule is meant to be broken - much to our delight). Jake Monaco provides some nice music for the film - and I especially enjoyed hearing "Lover", a groovy tune from one of my favorite singers, Tom Goss. And, finally, the gorgeous Alexander Inn will make you want to spend a weekend in Palm Springs yourself.

So if you're in the mood for a steamy romantic drama, I highly recommend that you check in to this inn and enjoy the eye candy and engaging conversations of Role/Play.

Show time: 2:30 pm, Friday, November 6, at the Landmark Theater (2828 N. Clark)
Running time: 85 minutes
DVD Release: If you cannot attend the festival screening, Role/Play will be released on DVD on February 8. Click here to pre-order the film.

Other films I recommend seeing at Reeling 2010: The 29th Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival are (click on the title to read my review):

JoJo Baby at 5 pm, Saturday, November 6, at the Landmark Theater

The Four-Faced Liar at 7:30 pm, Saturday, November 6, at the Landmark Theater

Is It Just Me? at 5:15 pm, Sunday, November 7, at the Landmark Theater

Violet Tendencies at 9:15 pm, Sunday, November 7, at the Landmark Theater

For a complete schedule of films at the festival (which runs through November 13), go to You can purchase tickets online (click here), in person at Chicago Filmmakers (5243 N. Clark), or at the theater box office, beginning 30 minutes prior to the first screening of the day (cash only).

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