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Pit Stop [DVD] [2013] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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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.
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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.
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Excellent film,
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x880118f4) out of 5 stars A Humanly Generous Film 20 Feb. 2014
By Drew Odom - Published on Amazon.com
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What is rare in films, in much of art for that matter, is generosity. Big bank-rolled American movies have abandoned it. But a few independents have kept its impulses alive, for example Junebug and Old Joy. Like them, Pit Stop grants its characters personal complexity, emotional nuance, and decency. It never betrays them with irony or directorial superiority. It does not matter if a character is a major or relatively minor figure in the unfolding of the film's action. Everyone is treated, depicted, and revealed with equal respect and understanding.
Pit Stop is a remarkably generous movie. All of its characters, not just its leads, are carefully, attentively, subtly portrayed. It is able to surprise you, as, for example, the moment when Gabe reveals he knows some French, Ernesto breaks down while talking to Luis on the phone, or Winston speaks to Shannon in the parking lot after their date the night before. Characters take unexpected, but nonetheless "realistic" turns against some expectations one might have made about them. This is as true of relatively minor characters as of the more important ones. When Martin, Ernesto's former lover is in a coma, and his sister comes to visit him, she reveals herself to Martin (and to us) not to be whom we might have expected her to be just from what she has said to Ernie on the phone. She's not a stereotype. Even in her brief scene, she is shown to be emotionally fraught. She has and is allowed depth.
No one in this film is a stereotype. No one is a type of any kind. The movie's realism, for lack of a better word, emerges not just from a keen eye-place is evoked time after time with simple but telling shots-but from its emotional attention. It knows its characters, all its characters, and it gives them, allows them their full humanity.
Its pace is therefore necessarily deliberate. It needs to take its time to be true to what it observes. Much of it is sad.
These are in many ways lonely people in a lonely place. What is remarkable, however, is how, at times, that loneliness is overcome, how some of its characters are offered the time to find themselves happier than they might have expected to be. This movie is not about their lives after that happiness, if it is to endure, but their ways to it. Its aim is less to unfold a plot than to show ever more acutely who is people are.
Thus it ends exactly when and as it must, with a joy that has come almost unaccountably, almost by surprise. Because this exceptionally fine and humane movie sees its characters both fully and lovingly, when some come to discover love, or something at least close enough to it, it feels completely right, without any sentimentality to it or easy resolutions. Pit Stop is one of the most gracious movies I have seen in a long time. It gives its characters, it lets its characters have, the depth they are due.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x885f3fb4) out of 5 stars Loved this movie 3 Feb. 2014
By Richard Major - Published on Amazon.com
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I really liked this movie. I thought it was well acted, and the story told very well. The two main characters Ernesto and Gabe each sexy on their own, I felt had great chemistry. I thought this was an honest and very believable story. The movie ended before I was ready for it to end. I wanted to see what happens next. As mentioned by someone else, the story was about the journey of these two men getting together, however, I still wanted to see more.
Very well made and I thoroughly enjoyed this move.
I definitely recommend it.
27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x88e03b64) out of 5 stars ...Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination... 19 Jan. 2014
By derek - Published on Amazon.com
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If there ever was a movie that could describe gay men living in small-town America in the middle of the Heartland, this would be it. Pit Stop tells more of the development of two men in what makes them who they are, how they live and adapt in a small East Texas town. Even though the movie may take it's own sweet time getting to the final interaction between the two main characters, it gives us the necessary opportunity to get to know each one of them on more of a individual basis. In doing this, it gives us a chance to get know the not-so-perfect but just as engaging characters along the way. Some may be disappointed in the film because Gabe and Enrique do not cross paths but until the end, but as someone once said, our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x88011d2c) out of 5 stars Sensitively made film about gay blue collar workers getting over failed relationships, hits the mark 20 Jan. 2014
By Turfseer - Published on Amazon.com
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*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Recent Spirit Award nominees have cropped up in the past few years including 'Keep the Lights On' and 'In the Family', sensitively-made films on a gay theme. Now in 2014, we have 'Pit Stop', which is also as good as these fine predecessors.

'Pit Stop' focuses on two blue collar workers from Texas, Gabe and Ernesto (played by an excellent Bill Heck and Marcus DeAnda, respectively). We see each of their stories for most of the film separately, and note that both are getting over failed relationships.

In the case of Ernesto, his ex-boyfriend, Luis, is still living with him. He initially tells Luis he can take as much time as he wants to move out but changes his mind when the ex-boyfriend starts dating other men and keeps him up, while watching late night TV. Ernesto also visits another ex-boyfriend, who's in a coma, after being critically hurt in a car accident.

Gabe's situation is different. He's still living with his wife and young daughter but no longer sleeps with her. He recently broke up with a man and now is dating again. In a notable scene, Gabe goes out on a date with a teacher--who falls asleep on their date watching a foreign film in a movie theater. Gabe drives the date home, who apologizes for not wanting to see him again, as he makes it clear that he hasn't gotten over his last relationship.

There's also a sub-plot involving Gabe's wife, Shannon, who goes out with a co-worker, Winston, on a date. Shannon, desperate for physical companionship, gets drunk and puts the moves on Winston, who isn't ready to get physical on a first date. Sure it's possible that Gabe's sexual rejection of his wife would lead her to want to have sexual contact with a man she's probably not that attracted to (Gabe tells Winston at one point that Shannon isn't attracted to heavy set men). But usually, the roles are reversed: women are wary of having sex on a first date, especially when it involves a man they don't find that attractive.

While the pacing of the film is fairly slow, the interactions between the characters ring true. Another excellent scene is when Luis has left and calls Ernesto on the phone, from New Mexico. Luis feels he's lost but Ernesto tries to convince him that he'll eventually get it together, if he just applies himself (like going back to school). At the same time, Ernesto makes it clear that he doesn't want Luis to return.

We see the connection between Gabe and Ernesto at film's end, as they meet through online dating. They're basically instantly attracted to one another as they recognize that they have both been trying to fill a similar void, in their lives. 'Pit Stop' is a low key drama which, as I pointed out above, proceeds rather lugubriously. Nonetheless, for the patient film-goer, you will be rewarded by excellent acting, direction and characters that seem to jump off the page, of real life.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x88011edc) out of 5 stars stopped short 19 Jan. 2014
By Lawrence Butler - Published on Amazon.com
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I have to agree with others who felt this was a good movie that ended just as it was warming up. All the acting was good, and the story felt honest. The two lead actors were terrific, with great chemistry. Clearly they were going to get together at some point. Interesting complications were set up amidst a web of friends and family. They finally had a date--as we knew they would--and then pop! the credits rolled. That's it? Wait, what happens next? And what about all those complications? Is there a sequel? I would love to see this re-edited with half an hour less setting up and some time exploring the main characters' relationship. And an ending, too. Oh well.
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