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‘Straight Up’ Film Review: Gay Boy Meets Straight Girl in Banter-Filled Comedy

‘Straight Up’ Film Review: Gay Boy Meets Straight Girl in Banter-Filled Comedy

Definitive sexual orientation is a burdensome proposition in the indie rom-com “Straight Up,” James Sweeney’s feature debut acting as writer, director, and star, where blurred labels and binary-defying fluidity guide the central relationship.

Lighthearted in tone yet intellectually intriguing, the L.A.-set film ponders valid queries about identity, even if they’re almost entirely sustained by dialogue.

Introduced via a rant on his disgust towards corporeal orifices during a session with his pricy psychoanalyst, professional housesitter Todd (Sweeney) quickly exhibits pronounced signs of having obsessive-compulsive disorder, multiple phobias, major brainpower, and overall inadequacy when dealing with social cues and expectations. Though mined for a few successful gags, his personality often comes across as forced quirkiness for the sake of humor that brings to mind “The Big Bang Theory’s” Sheldon.

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Lack of intimacy, both physical and emotional, is at

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