* Directed by Jim Fall * Written by Jason Schafer * Starring Christian Campbell, J.P. Pitoc, and Tori Spelling * New Line Home Video
The trick of Trick is that not one trick is turned during its entire running time. Still, many gay audiences fell head over heels for this airy romantic comedy about a would-be composer (Christian Campbell) and a go-go boy (J.P. Pitoc) trying feverishly to consummate a one-night stand. Director Jim Fall makes a conscious decision to play the crossover card, and judging by the glowing reviews from straight critics, he pulls it off admirably, especially considering that Trick traffics in off-Broadway-style monologues, musical theater, drag queens (a delicious Coco Peru), fag hags (the courageous Tori Spelling), and Chelsea boys. But, hey, it's an accurate snapshot of our big-city gay lives--raise your hand if you haven't wanted to take the stripper home. Um-hmm. But I bet the last thing you wanted to do when you got him there was sing show tunes.