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Dorian Blues (2005)

Dorian Blues

Overview


Genre

Comedy

Release Date

September 23, 2005 (NY)

Duration

88 min.

Studio

TLA Releasing

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

Tennyson Bardwell

Producer

Mary-Beth Taylor Bardwell, Tennyson Bardwell, Frank D'Andrea, Portia Kamons

Screenwriter

Tennyson Bardwell

Starring

  • Michael McMillian
  • Lea Coco
  • Charles Fletcher
  • Mo Quigley
  • Austin Basis
  • Ryan Kelly Berkowitz
  • Chris Dallman
  • Carl Dana
  • Leslie Elliard
  • Sian Heder
  • C

Story


Brimming with wit and originality, "Dorian Blues" magnificently proves that the coming-out genre is evergreen. First-time feature director Tennyson Bardwell reinvests the universal story form with novelty and delight, like fresh air in the tire of a faithful old ten-speed.

Bright, charming - and closeted - Dorian finds himself at a crossroads. Harassed as a probable "fag" at high school and overlooked by his family (especially his overbearing, right-wing father), Dorian is ready for his getaway to New York City and college. But something uncontrollable stirs in him, and suddenly he's talking back to his father, making out with another guy for the first time, and admitting his gay feelings to his sports-star brother. Ricocheted this way and that by his inner voice, Dorian finds himself in one absurd and awkward situation after another, as he seeks enlightenment and happiness with the help of a cute therapist, a well-meaning priest, and a first boyfriend. Along the way, life rewards Dorian's haplessness with the chance to see that he can be as strong for others as he's had to be for himself.

Bardwell's ingenious screenplay embellishes familiar milestones with an exhilarating quirkiness and the intoxicating suggestion that each of us is eminently loveable, even at our most geeky. Boasting superb performances by a cast of relative newcomers (capped by Michael McMillian of TV's "What I Like About You" as Dorian), "Dorian Blues" heralds the arrival of an exciting new filmmaking talent.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..it's difficult to dismiss its occasional flashes of comedic wit and tender insight...”
by Ed Gonzalez [Slant Magazine]
“..one of those accomplished indie films that shows Hollywood for the shallow, lazy factory that it is...”
by Rich Cline [Shadows on the Wall]
“..follows a been-there, seen-that path with a few quirky funny moments between..”
by [E! Online]