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The Wishmakers (2011)

The Wish Makers of West Hollywood (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 15 May 2011 (USA)
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Three young gay men arrive in Los Angeles to fulfill their dreams and aspirations, during a summer which will change their lives. In a world of You Tube celebrities, unemployment, downward ... See full summary »

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David Grotell

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Credited cast:
Ari Sorrentino Ari Sorrentino ... Ben
Matt Achine Matt Achine ... Corey
Justin Martindale Justin Martindale ... Jason
Sally Kirkland ... Mary
Robert Prior Robert Prior ... The Shaman
Scott Hislop ... Craig
Gregory Zarian ... Dan
Drew Droege ... Jake de Longpre
Michael E.R. Walker ... Seth
Euriamis Losada ... El Cubano
Vincent De Paul ... Adam
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Emrhys Cooper ... British Toff
David Geffen
Charles Anthony Mitchell ... Himself
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Three young gay men arrive in Los Angeles to fulfill their dreams and aspirations, during a summer which will change their lives. In a world of You Tube celebrities, unemployment, downward mobility, and socializing through Facebook, they make a wish in a fountain to find love, fame, and transcendence. Will any of them do it? Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Romance

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Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 2011 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

West Hollywood, California, USA

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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.78 : 1
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Making a Wish
Performed by Shakyma
Lyrics by David Grotell
Music by Shu Odamura
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Profundity Alert
7 July 2014 | by ekebySee all my reviews

It's a comedy, but most lines and situations meant to be funny fail to deliver. Maybe it would be better to say they don't soar. They get off the ground, but they don't soar.

Three friends in LA wade into gay culture, West Hollywood style. While doing so, they critique it, and themselves. There is a lot of self-questioning, a lot of self-doubt. And there is also fierce individualism and determination. There's an attempt to define--in a lighthearted way--what it means to be a gay man. And there seems to be the expectation that we will come away having witnessed something profound.

On that score, I'll say A for effort. The movie wants so much to tell us something important, but, alas, it doesn't. I'll also say A for effort re mixing scenes and themes. It's close, but still not a cigar. Ultimately we get quite a lot of talking head stuff. The characters, for the most part, tell us what they are, what they're feeling, and what they're experiencing, instead of just showing us. It doesn't take long to notice the deficit.

This is not a good movie. But it's a movie that was aiming high, so failing at that makes it better than a lot other gay movies. I will say I stuck with it, so that's something. Generally, when I see a movie with scene after scene of 20-somethings sitting around talking, I bail. Even more so when it's a bunch of 30-somethings playing 20-somethings. But with this one I didn't.

I think some people will like this movie, and get a lot out of it. Being younger would help with that. Others will quickly become bored. And there's a middle ground that I apparently found.

With the explosion of gay cinema nowadays, and with so much of it dreck, I try to say whether or not I found a movie worthwhile. I don't know that I can this time. I think you might have to try it and see for yourself...


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