- Director: James Sweeney
- Writer: James Sweeney
- Producer: David Carrico; oss Putman
Straight up...this is - quite possibly - the best written film of the year.
Without quibble...James Sweeney delivers a virtuoso performance...which is rather remarkable considering he is director/writer/producer/actor all rolled into one! This is his [star-making] vehicle...complimented and heightened by Katie Findlay's razor-edge foil. The touchés come fast, relentless and furious...at times, bewildering...always, mind-jolting...and, never too faraway from controversy. Some issues will undoubtedly offend...especially among the snowflakes...because, this is about snowflakes, made by a snowflake!
Verbose...it most certainly is. Grating...it most certainly is not. It's akin to watching a high velocity tennis rally [with two ace players]...pounding away at each other [metaphorically speaking]. Because...there is no [actual] 'pounding' in this here film! Rather...this is a foray into some less well-chartered waters...asexuality, no less...with a ton of OCD to make it a little more complex.
Many have said that bisexuality is the stepping-stone to homosexuality...many [also] disagree with that statement. Still, bisexuality will always remain a contentious subject. James Sweeney has [deliciously] turned the tables somewhat...reversing that contentious process...or, has he?
Nothing about Straight Up can be called subtle...this is an out-and-out brash clash of sensibilities...that is, until the final scene...which is subtlety incarnate...and is [cleverly] left open for your own interpretation.
How refreshing, how original...however debatable it is...this here film will leave you with a ton of self-questioning questions...
James 'Snowflake' Sweeney has broken the snowflake mold...he's got massive balls and he's not afraid to slap them right in-your-face [metaphorically speaking].
An absolute gem of a film...looking forward to Follow Up!
Todd and Rory are intellectual soul mates. He might be gay. She might not care. A romantic-comedy drama with a twist; a love story without the thrill of copulation.