Review: ‘Beautiful Something’ is lost in time, leaves you looking for more
Bits and pieces of the gay-themed drama “Beautiful Something” feel real and essential. But this slow-going film often suffers from a forced, navel-gazing quality that can prove exasperating. Writer-director Joseph Graham’s at times porn-clunky dialogue (“Whoa, that was hot!”), stagy visuals and uneven acting don’t help.
Over the course of one Philadelphia night, tortured poet Brian (Brian Sheppard), renowned sculptor Drew (Colman Domingo), his antsy actor-boyfriend-muse, Jim (Zack Ryan) and older, alcoholic talent agent Bob (John Lescault) seek sex, comfort, clarity and artistic inspiration as their paths overlap. It’s not a particularly appealing or compelling bunch; a supporting character, Brian’s ex-lover, Dan (well-played by Grant Lancaster), is more intriguingly conceived.
Ultimately, this is territory that’s been covered in hipper, defter ways over the last few years in features such as “Weekend” and “Like You Mean It” and in HBO’s bar-raising series “Looking.”
Running time: 1 hour, 32 minutes
Playing: Arena Cinema, Hollywood
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