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Breaking the Cycle [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Jason and Chad share an apartment in NYC in this sweetly romantic new film. Jason is chatroom obsessed, he truly believes that he will meet his mate online - and he's always on the hunt. His chase takes him to erotic heights, but no closer to a boyfriend. During the course of the film he has sex in a porno theater, on his kitchen table covered with chocolate sauce and some particularly unfulfilling phone sex. Jason is a native New Yorker - he has a Brooklyn accent (sort-of) and he's a top. His roommate Chad is far more selective in his sexual encounters. He has yet to try online hook-ups, he doesn't frequent porn palaces - his trysts take place in the bedroom with a special guy. Chad is a romantic, with romantic looks. He's blond, slim and has a "refined" accent. Chad and Jason become great friends as the film progresses - Jason starts to do other things besides hunt for men. A sexual tension is immediately apparent between the two guys. Chad and Jason lust after each other, but can't seem to express it. They nearly kiss once after a run. One day a friend introduces Chad to a chatroom on the internet and and he has a discussion with "hook-up guy" - who is of course his roommate Jason. This online discussion resonates with both guys who look forward to another such meeting - without knowing they live under the same roof. Will Jason stop hooking up and settle down with his roommate? Will Chad declare his love to his always tricking roommate ? The story is quite true to the world of 2002 gay urban life, the boys very pretty and film is technically OK for the teeny budget it was made on. All exterior location scenes have music dubbed in later - there was clearly no sound. Some of the acting appeared forced, but the majority of the acting felt natural. One small drawback is a preponderance of product placement, which is clearly how this film was financed - do we need to see a cologne ad in the middle of a movie? [Description suggested by FreelancerFR]
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I mean, it had what I love, a happy ending. The story in itself was ok, all about looking for love. But something wasn't right. I've seen a lot worse films, but I didn't feel that much for the characters. It wasn't as though they were 'bad' people or anything, think they were both quite likeable, but the words they said didn't really sound sincere. As I said, not sure if script or actors. It sort of reminded me of a sexed up dodgy 70's American show, with good looking actors but no heart in it. It felt like this false sense of upness and every actor talked like they were charged and not natural. It's hard to explain, it just didn't feel right!
All in all it was ok to watch, maybe if you're bored and want a film where you don't have to think too much and need a nice happy ending and you don't mind not being fully engaged, watch this, but there are much better films out there.
I was equally delighted with the prompt service and the quality of the packaging.I would recommend this film to any guys[or girls] who enjoy a little mystery mixed with a little romance thrown in.
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To its credit, this very earnest film flies through its motions in about 65 minutes. Snickers help one get past the wooden script and acting lulls. There are lots of skin shots, and the casting is attractive, though some of the sex scenes may not convince. (Maybe the two interviews in the extras section help explain that - both actors say they are straight and have never done this sort of thing before.)
While the movie clearly wants to show why getting to know someone before sex is better than a quickie through the internet, the roommate who holds back is not shown succeeding at getting much more than computer advice from a friend, who is told in turn that friendship is not enough to get any sex. The payoff for the slow-going roommate seems no better than the web-shopper's. It is not even clear the roommates will continue to tolerate each other.
Worthy, but trite...
This movie was a lesson on how to use the internet by someone who has never used it before. This movie is just stupid.