Set in 1985 San Francisco as
But the AIDS scare remains as much window dressing as do other period details such as rotary phones and cassette tapes. "Test" seems to be about dance above all, with choreographed montages filling the bulk of its running time.
Writer-director Chris Mason Johnson, who made his filmmaking debut in 2009 with "The New Twenty," once danced with the Frankfurt Ballet. He has little to say about gay life in the '80s and how AIDS affected gay men differently than it does today.
As such, "Test" is woefully inadequate and unnecessary when compared with "Parting Glances" (1986) and "Longtime Companion" (1989). It also offers fewer insights on remnants of the era than do contemporary-set films such as
MPAA rating: None
Running time: 1 hour, 29 minutes.