Totally Sexy Loser

The genus Homosexualis Jerkasoid gets case-study illustration in "Totally Sexy Loser," an L.A.-shot DV feature that gets away with no-budget production values via judicious editing and decent acting of its bad-boyfriend portraiture. Nothing special artistically, pic will nonetheless enjoy some gay-fest circulation.

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With: Chad Lindsey, Mark DeWhitt, Craig Young, Amy Gollnick, Jesslyn Hoeft, Terrance Elton, Amber Poklar.

The genus Homosexualis Jerkasoid gets case-study illustration in “Totally Sexy Loser,” an L.A.-shot DV feature that gets away with no-budget production values via judicious editing and decent acting of its bad-boyfriend portraiture. Nothing special artistically, pic will nonetheless enjoy some gay-fest circulation due to sharp-enough view of commitment-phobic men that’s hardly limited to the hetero sphere.

Scenarist/director Jason Schafer (who wrote trite 1999 indie gay romantic-comedy release “Trick,” as well as several Showtime “Queer as Folk” episodes) focuses on Jeremy (Chad Lindsey) — a good-looking, apparently self-assured boyfriend magnet who’s accrued a long lineup of dumped, disgruntled ex’s. He’s currently living with adoring flight attendant Chip (Mark DeWhitt). But latter’s somewhat clingy eagerness to settle down sets off alarm bells, causing Jeremy to wriggle out of commitment by various devious means. Narrative separation between doomed couple’s present and a hopeful, flashbacked backstory is sometimes muddy, but sense of overriding emotional immaturity and character conflict is well-defined. Made for just $15,000, pic looks it, though unvarnished presentation is somewhat compensated for a purposeful, often ruefully funny dramatic focus.

Totally Sexy Loser

Production: A Michael Bodie production. Produced by Jason Schafer, Bodie. Executive producer, Eric D'Arbeloff. Directed, written by Jason Schafer.

Crew: Camera (color, DV), Lisa Wiegand; editor, Patrick Griffin; music, Roddy Bottum. Reviewed at San Francisco Lesbian & Gay Festival, June 26, 2003. Running time: 75 MIN.

With: With: Chad Lindsey, Mark DeWhitt, Craig Young, Amy Gollnick, Jesslyn Hoeft, Terrance Elton, Amber Poklar.

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