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Circuit (2001)

Director: Dirk Shafer
Writers: Gregory Hinton, Dirk Shafer
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Language: English
Duration: 130 min
Year: 2001



Stars: Jonathan Wade-Drahos, Andre Khabbazi, Brian Lane Green, Kiersten Warren, Daniel Kucan





John, policajac u provincijskom mjestu SAD, napušta posao i odlazi u L.A. koji je mnogo otvoreniji za gay poplaciju. Za prvo vrijeme odlazi kod rođaka koji živi sa svojim partnerom.

Film pokazuje ” New Age ” style, urbane gay populacije, Gay barove, Droga, sex na neviđeno, ..

Upadajući u začarani krug zabava sa gomilu sexa, droge, porno industije John traži nacčin da se izvucče iz bezena!

Film je pun golotinje, scena iz diskoteka, zgodnih muških tijela….

Maybe as a heterosexual female, the allure of the gay male dance/drug/sex circuit is something I simply cannot fathom. But having grown up, and knowing, my fair share of homosexuals, I doubt Circuit would be that much more appealing to gay men than a brief glimpse of eye candy.

Coupling disgracefully written dialogue with flailing bodily movements that substitute for acting, Circuit is the awkwardly paced soap opera-ish story of John (Jonathan Wade Drahos), the new kid in Hollywood, learning about having fun as a gay man. He was a cop in his home state of Illinois until his boss mentions that nobody wants to work with him due to his lifestyle, has he thought about living elsewhere? Having grown up there, you’d think he’d be smart enough to move to a more comfortable environment anyway without a condescending conversation to provoke him.

So John is introduced to the seductively free environment of hookups and instant gratification through his cousin Tad (Daniel Kukan), a filmmaker who is documenting “the scene.” Along the way he befriends the gruff hustler Hector (Andre Khabazzi) who is obsessed with his facial implants as he inches towards 30, and won’t have sex without pay. Watching Hector being groped at a dance club one evening, John suddenly decides to experience the rush of narcotics everyone is raving about.

Granted, it’s necessary for plot purposes that John succumb to peer pressure and work through his cleansing downward spiral, but his decisions are so sudden after being “the well-adjusted guy” that it makes the rest of his journey impossible to swallow. One minute he tries a drug, and the next those who have known him for a while are talking about what a waste he’s becoming.

Then there are the haphazard side plots that are thrown in, probably an attempt to display different commentary on the party lifestyle. The main problem of these lengthy, extraneous scenes is that there is no established motivation on the part of any of the characters involved to keep you interested as to where they might go next. The prime example is the absolute lack of a logical reason for Tad to break his seven-year, live-in relationship with the kind, thoughtful Gill (Brian Lane Green) for an affair with a DJ that never speaks. He’s a sniveling brat as he begs to allow him and his new boyfriend to stay in the same house, claiming artistic need.

The divergent paths don’t even bother to comment on John’s slowly deteriorating behavior, or their possible negative consequences, until the very end. By the time Circuit explores the necessity of respecting oneself, you’re too bored to appreciate its moral obligations.

The singular ray of interesting light that shines through is a brief cameo by Jim J. Bullock, dressed in drag, expressing quiet gratitude for John’s previous show of sympathy. If only half the other scenes were written with this simplicity.

While it’s unfortunate that filmmakers are shy to photograph men being intimate, Circuit loses its daring appeal through using characters and situations that just aren’t entertaining enough to sit through. And though it does acknowledge some individual intelligence in the long run, the wait through each person ignoring common sense is excruciating.

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Circuit (2001)

  • Runtime:130 minutes

  • Actors:

    John (as Jonathan Wade Drahos)
    Jonathan Wade-Drahos
    Andre Khabbazi
    Brian Lane Green
    Kiersten Warren
    Daniel Kucan
    Jim J. Bullock
    Darryl Stephens
    Theater Stage Manager
    Bruce Vilanch
    Randal Kleiser
    Paul Lekakis

  • Plot:

    John (Jonathan Wade-Drahos) finds himself regaining consciousness in a public bathroom at The Red Party. As he contemplates his image in the mirror, he flashes back to when he was a small-town Illinois cop, whose captain suggests a move to Los Angeles, in order for John to discover a more sympathetic environment. John packs up his truck, drives cross country, and moves in with his cousin Tad (Daniel Kucan), who’s now living with his ex, Gill (Brian Lane Green) and Tad’s new boy toy, DJ Julian (Darryl Stephens). Tad is making a documentary about the gay circuit and the party culture, while Julian is a circuit party DJ. Gill invites John to a Hollywood Hills party, where John meets Hector (Andre Khabbazi), a male prostitute, who’s battling his personal demons of looks and age. John and Hector form a budding friendship as John experiences a downward spiral into the sex and drug-fueled world of the gay circuit party scene. Will John survive?

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  • Also known as: Party boys (France),

  • Rating: (753 votes)





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