A gay friend once observed, “The problem with bisexuality is eventually you’re forced to make a choice.” It’s at precisely that point that we’re introduced to Frankie (Harris Dickinson), a goal-free pretty boy torn between trolling chat rooms for father figures and seriously dating his girlfriend Simone (Madeleine Weinstein), an aggressive Coney Islander who’s eager to hop the bumper car to his heart. Frankie makes his living selling (and consuming) his unresponsive dad’s cancer drugs, which allows for for an extra of pathos-driven inner conflict. Let’s call this what it is: a fetishistic After-School Special complete with closeups of trimmed pubes and squeaky-clean sphincters. If the goal is to attract older guys looking to pleasure themselves, here’s hoping they sell a million tickets. But when gay-bashing is called upon to trigger both meaning and a cheap resolution, a line must be drawn. Directed by Eliza Hittman (It Felt Like Love). (2017) — Scott Marks
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