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Johns [DVD] [1997] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

3.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000034DDI
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I think many people may read the plot synopsis and decide the film is not for them. Equally a rating of 18 might imply things about this film which it does not offer - for instance there is no nudity and any sex is simply implied. I think the two best words to describe this film would be beautiful and moving. It is a story of unrequited love, and also of hope and dreams. Becuase it is very well acted you empathise with the characters. This makes the end all the more sad. Lukas Haas does a wonderful job as trusting, kind, Donner. His mannerisms and expressions mark him out as an excellent actor. He works well with David Arquette: both portraying their characters with sympathy and feeling.
The story (which I won't spoil!) is compelling and bears watching many times, to pick up the nuances. A day in the life of these two young men in their quest for money to live out a dream.
This is an unassuming film, and should be much more widely viewed than it is. I guess with its story based around two male prostitutes, it probably won't be. But if that's why you turn it down, you'll be missing a treat.
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The great strength of Scott Silver's movie JOHNS is the acting. The leads play low life LA male prostitutes or "entertainers" The screenplay, also by Silver, credits 8 real life entertainers for their stories. This adds to the overall realism of the film. Not as flash or theatrical as MIDNIGHT COWBOY or as pretentious as MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO, this film deserves a far wider and younger audience than the story might suggest. Johns which surprisingly has an 18 certificate in the UK, is NOT a film for voyeurs or those looking for gay porn. What little sex there is in the film, is implied and never explicit.
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After reading several favourable reviews,i expected to really like this but i didnt! Its a film where not much happens,they stand about,do a lot of talking,there is the odd dramatic scene & then it finishes with a very predictable ending which is a variation of the midnight cowboy ending! Id read that its a modern day midnight cowboy but the ending is the only similarity i could find.That film is a classic which i have watched over & over,i wouldnt be watching this again.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow but still good 3 Mar. 2000
By Richard Engelhardt - Published on
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The movement of the story is very slow. There are 10 chapters on the DVD. Around chapter 4 I thought I was near the end of the film.
The film doesn't pick up speed until the middle. Here, we finally get to see how all the hustlers are related to each other. Also, the two main characters reveal a lot of themselves. We learn at how Donner's (Lukas) family mistreated him when he decided to stop hiding. And we learn about how sad John (David) is about the unfortunate placement of his birthday on the calandar.
The movie is actually better with the commentary on. But, you should see the film as is first before you watch it with the commentary.
All in all, this film isn't bad. I think it is best viewed when you borrow your friends DVD of this movie. It will not bore you, but you won't have any trouble hitting pause to go to the bathroom, or talk to friends, or answer the phone, or do anything. This film is really for those that LOVE independent films.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Endlessly Relentlessly Downbeat, BUT Way Too True to be Missed ! 21 Nov. 2005
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Granted this movie suffers many of the perils any low budget flick must endure. Bad sound horrible lighting and a little more predictability than I generally like in a good film. Yet this is a good film. Yes it is utterly a downbeat film with very little sunshine and hope in it. However walking the streets of any big city you see the clones of each of the individuals protrayed in this film. The cleaseless never ending parade of tired burned out haggered youth on the stroll hunting for that next "Date".

You sit eating your danish reading the morning paper insolated in the cacoon of middle class bliss and listen to those youth talk a few booths over at a fast food resturant. Go there each morning for coffee and you hear how these hardened urchins cling to a clutch of tattered pie in the sky pipe dreams each more unrealistic than the last. You look at their arms and see evidence of the losing game they play with drugs and worse. If you eat in a place often enough soon comes a day when one of the regulars comes in beaten bloody bandaged if he is lucky having survived a date gone wrong. I work in a clean nice safe office as a computer geek one floor up and one trillion miles away from the horrid depraved street life people like those protrayed in this film call home every day.

Is this film a downer I guess maybe it is if you wanted a happy sugar coated hollywood ending. While I have never been homeless or on the stroll selling myself I have helped people who have known and lived this ugly world 24-7. From my vantage point I see very little about the world of male prostitutes, drugs and street life that is redeeming light and fun which is what this movie shows. The end of Johns sports a grim operatic quality traggic victory hard won and blood drenched such that it is in my jaded middle classed eyes hardly a victory at all. On the streets even tiny scraps of joy no matter how hard they are to come by are so very precious and that is the real message of this movie. Look at this movie and learn to be thankful for your many blessings because some among us honesty do have so very little in life that a pair of Lucky Sneaks can be the only reason to cling to hope. I know enough about life to understand that if man's hope dies when he lives on the streets his body soon leads him to the grave.
26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No, it's NOT Midnight Cowboy -- thank god! 15 Sept. 1999
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This curious little film does not have to pretend, as did Midnight Cowboy, that street hustling is 'straight'. We've come that far in 30 years, at least: the leads' sexuality does not have to be so understated as to be non-existent! But it does takes a couple of viewings to appreciate it. Mystical and religious overtones abound, and every name has a significance: the lead character is named 'John' (David Arquette) and he keeps meeting other Johns, (a St. John, and street johns). It is Christmas Eve. John's birthday is Christmas Day and his dream of 'heaven' is to spend the night at the elegant Park Plaza Hotel, where he encounters a wise desk-clerk named 'Paul' who calls him 'Mr. John' and treats him with true kindness and respect. John needs $300 for his night in heaven and has stolen money from a drug dealer. 'Donner' (Lukas Haas) is homeless, and in love with John. His dream is for them to get to 'Camelot' (a theme park in Branson MO where they can have jobs). Only one of them makes it to Camelot. The accompanying score is beautiful and soulful, with music ranging from Gregorian Chant to Arvo Part to Jessie Mae Robinson. A touching film, nicely done.
2.0 out of 5 stars Skip this movie. 15 Aug. 2015
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Terrance Howard was great. This was not a convincing role for Luke. It was painful to watch through the predictible end. Unoriginal. A disappointing purchase.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 14 Oct. 2016
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Good movie I saw years ago.
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