Examining nuances of masculinity, sexuality and physical worship as a substitute for love, “Danny in the Sky” distills its provocative points into banal melodrama. Slickly packaged and stacked with enough beefcake to pump video sales, Denis Langlois’ turgid tale of a beautiful youth struggling with his sexual and emotional identity ultimately becomes too silly to sustain dramatic credibility. It has the distinction, however, of being possibly the only drama to explore father-son friction via lap-dancing.
Emotionally encumbered straight hunk Danny (Thierry Pepin) has a conflicted relationship with his gay father (Eric Cabana), who suppressed his sexuality to give his son a “normal” upbringing; and a fixation on his glamorous model mother, who died of an overdose. Danny leaves home and quits college to pursue modeling. Betrayal and disenchantment prompt him to abandon the runway and work as a stripper and then on a porn shoot, where his troubled romance with a voyeuristic photographer (Veronique Jenkins) flowers in time for tragedy to strike. Lacking even one sympathetic character, the script reflects on how environment can shape perceptions of sexuality, but provides too little psychological depth to give heft to the argument.