2by4 (1998)

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    Rating: 5.8/10
    Runtime: 90
    Language: English
    Country: USA
    Color: Color
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    Director: Jimmy Smallhorne
    Jimmy Smallhorne ... Johnnie Maher
    Chris O'Neill ... Uncle Trump
    Bradley Fitts ... Christian
    Holyoke Joe ... Joe
    Terry McGoff ... Billy
    Michael Liebman ... Eddie
    Ronan Carr ... Brains
    Leo Hamill ... Paddy
    Seamus McDonagh ... Conor
    Kimberly Topper ... Maria
    Conor Foran ... Paul
    James Hanrahan ... Taigh
    Marian Quinn ... Bibi
    Carmel O'Brien ... Bridie
    John McDonough ... Katz

    Description: In the streets of the New York, an Irish immigrant, while finding his sexual identity, experiences the re-awakening of old childhood demons. Irish immigrant Johnny has a decent life, haunting the bars at night and spending time with his girlfriend. Maria teases Johnnie about the looks he gets from other men and then asks him if he has ever had a relationship with another man. Johnnie's reply – ''Try anything once, you know” – unsettles her and sets the tone for the eventual disintegration of their relationship and Johnnie's search for his true self, which occupies the bulk of this film.

    Turmoil in the workplace with his shifty uncle, Trump – who is also his boss – is mirrored in Johnny's personal life when an encounter with an attractive young male hustler with a need to be taken care of. Christian takes Johnny to a nearby crack house for a night of sex but a tender connection develops between the two men. Johnnie wakes up out of a nightmare and Christian softly comforts him back to reality. Christian winds up not wanting Johnny's cash. He wants a relationship, but Johnny can't have that sort, or any sort, until he finds out what's eating away at him. That answer eventually has a lot to do with his past and Uncle Trump.

    Johnnie's journey is all the more interesting because the film focuses on the details of his life. The camaraderie of the crew rings true and it comes as no surprise that some of the actors are former construction workers. They work hard and play even harder, hanging out at a bar owned by Trump where they down drink, play darts and participate in karaoke contests -- at which Johnnie lip synchs in full-out glam rock drag looking like a refugee from "Velvet Goldmine."

    While the denouement is fairly predictable, the fine camerawork coupled with Jimmy Smallhorne's galvanic star turn as Johnnie and sharp direction propel the film to its conclusion. Whether it's on the subject of the problems of establishing relationships or communication, nights interrupted by terror or the traumatic break-down caused by drugs which also enter the gateway to the sub-conscience, the acting and directorial virtuosity of Smallhorne are unparalleled.

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