10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 20 February 2014
Pit Stop is the story of two working-class gay men in their thirties - Gabe, a building contractor (played by Bill Heck), and Ernie, a lumber-yard worker (played by Marcus DeAnda) - in a small town in Texas.
Gabe is divorced but still close to his ex-wife and daughter; the man he loved and left them for has dumped him and moved far away. Ernie is breaking free of his latest failed relationship with a man. Their paths almost cross a few times, but they don't actually meet until fairly late in the movie. Because of its unconventional structure and slow pace, it has been criticized by some amateur reviewers of gay movies.
But this is by far the best gay movie I have ever seen, and I've seen hundreds - all the ones that are worth seeing and many more that aren't. Everything about it is perfect.
It doesn't need editing or any of the other fixes even favorable reviews say it needs. They're looking for a different kind of movie - in which the lovers meet early and we see all that happens afterwards - and they won't have any trouble finding it, because it's all we've gotten until now. But I THANK GOD that Yen Tan didn't hear their whining, and that he made this movie EXACTLY as he did. Not in any universe could it be any better than it is.
Every character (including the ex-wife and her new boyfriend) and every scene is essential, exactly as it is. If I listed everything about Pit Stop that's perfect I'd list everything (well, maybe not the title), but I must single out the writing, direction and acting.
The characters have time to develop fully and richly, each within the context of his own life, every tiny detail of which is perfect. Their brief almost-meetings (at least three times) earlier in the movie help tie their stories together even though they're deliciously subtle and easy to miss; and the pacing of the whole movie is as graceful and lovely as a ballet, but more natural. Action lovers will definitely be bored, but who cares? When the two men finally meet, it's the sweetest, hottest stuff ever shown on any kind of screen anywhere on earth.
Gabe and Ernie are the realest couple ever in any gay movie, and Bill Heck and Marcus DeAnda are the best actors who ever played gay characters. Every word, every sound, every movement, every gesture, every glance of an eye or lift of an eyebrow is perfect.
Movies of any kind - gay or straight - just don't get any better than this. It's fantastic.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 31 March 2014
Everything you read in the reviews for this film on Amazon.com is true. If you have seen the film Nebraska you will be familiar with the background scenery of Middle America. The film seems (from the reviews) to have caught quite accurately the day to day life of the inhabitants of these non descript towns for both gays and straights. I suppose we are more familiar with straight life dramas than gay ones which have tended to be confined to LA or New York - where the camera crews and creative teams are located. They may not want to locate to Anywhere Nebraska or, as Bill Bryson would call it, Duddsville.
The acting in the film is first class. Each and every character gives a first class performance. Gabe's former wife plays the over anxious divorcee out on the town particularly well. Too well for her suitor who is overwhelmed by her. In reality nothing very dramatic happens in the film. No murders. No guns. No police chases or international conspiracies. We have the story lines of two very different men running concurrently. They don't actually meet until the last few minutes of the film but its significance is only brought home to the viewer from watching their lives unfold from the beginning. Unrequited love, unfaithful partners, former partners and unsuccessful dating attempts fill the lives of both of these men as they exist in the same town totally unaware of each other.
Their pasts are brought out slowly in conversations with other people. We know Gabe went to College and wasn't a builder all his working life. We get the backstory to the mysterious man in the coma in the Nursing Home and his family history. It is all done in a few lines but done really well.
Don't deprive yourself of the experience. Just relax and let it just take you over. You may find you have a lot in common with the characters in the film. Thankfully these sort of low key, low budget films have not faltered on low quality. See The Falls and you will know what I mean.