a film by Everett Lewis
2009 | 90 mins | US
›› Lucky Bastard
a low budget tale of falling in love with the wrong man.
Lucky Bastard by Everett Lewis From the director who brought you the bravura of FAQS, comes this cautionary tale of falling in love with the wrong man, when you’ve already found Mr Right.

For successful architect / renovator Rusty seemingly has it all; a job he loves doing, a liberal-minded business partner and a sensitive lover to come home to. Only with his boyfriend out of town, Rusty chances upon Denny; a former porn star who sees in Rusty a sexually attractive room for the night. Taking Denny back to his place, it isn’t long before sex gives way to Denny’s plead for a hundred bucks, for the crystal his body is craving for. Not into drugs, Rusty who cannot make a decision at the best of times, is forced into the corner of decisiveness over the man he wants to share his days with; namely his lover Daniel or a drifter who has turned out to be a meths addicted hustler.

Lucky Bastard by Everett Lewis With a film whose dialogue includes the line "I want you up my ass so bad," you know that sex will be riding high on the agenda, even if this is but a play on the who can change the set ways of who scenario. Only here Lewis is more concerned with the drug addicted narrative of the piece, than overt nudity, having added some much needed authenticity to the proceedings courtesy of a heartfelt conversation he had with a former addict. And yet all is but lost by way of the dire pacing of the unrealistic Rusty / Denny relationship, one that was clearly destined to fail from the onset.

That said and for all of the pros and cons of this low budget piece and here cue a series of tender gay moments to some of the worst and frankly badly lit cinematography I've seen in ages, Lewis thankfully has not gone down the well worn I’m going to drag you down with me celluloid path, fronting Rusty as a man opposed to drugs from day one. Unfortunately for Lewis, Patrick Tatten as Rusty sleep walks his way through the part, leaving others to inject some much needed emotion into the story, one that finds Dale Dymkoski as Denny trying to make the most of his unsympathetic character, that of a sexy, if unlikeable leech of a lost soul, who tragically knows he’s forever lost. That Rusty sees in him a human restoration job, results in an uneven work that composer William V Malpede delights in, even if his score came to be replaced by the Avatar soundtrack on the films’ lengthy promo trailer, making this seem like the epic, it is not. Need more be said?

Gay Visibility - overt. 
Nudity - bare-arsed cheek. 
Overall - file under ... 2 stars. 
available on DVD as part of the Breaking Glass Pictures catalogue
starring: Patrick Tatten, Dale Dymkoski, Timothy Cole, Johnny Kostrey, Norma Louise,
Nina Manni, Jane Fleiss, Ivar Brogger, Nathan Sutton, Lorin Doctor,
Clint Keepin, Sarah Hamblin, Jennifer Montgomery
official website: www.everettlewisfilms.com
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