This very ambitious dramedy is the sophomore feature film from writer/director/actor Ryan Lonergan who also produced and edited too. It is a very clever American allegory that tells the tale of a charming gay ‘throuple’ who embark on a road journey right across the country when the newest member of their partnership gets a mysterious illness that the NY doctors cannot cure.
One of the trio is rapid-talking highly-judgemental Patrick (played by Lonergan) who is a very successful Blogger and who tries to be practical about everything but often doesn’t succeed as he insists on overthinking it all. Hunky Sutton (Garrett Mckechnie who many may recognise as the Co-Owner at Bar Mattachine in L.A.) is a trust-fund baby who is much more impulsive, and way to keen on keeping his stash of recreational drugs well stocked. The baby of the group Frankie (Jack Ball) is young and cute and has added the phizz to throuple’s very frequent sex-life, and he now persuades them that the treatment he needs is by some holistic doctor in California.
Lonergan links the highs and lows of their journey to mirror key points in United States history by breaking it all down into chapters. Such as when their road trip results in a civil war and possible breakup (Chapter 3, 1861), to an all-out (poker) war involving scheming, sophisticated, and calculating German and Russian lesbians (Chapter 8, 1945).
Shot on the most miniscule of budgets which never seemed to hamper either the style or the production values, Lonergan’s resourceful movie is quite the ardent plea of how throuples can be the relationships of the future. Beautifully filmed in black and white and with the inspired use of sonorous classical music for the soundtrack, It is funny, extremely quick witted, and thoroughly entertaining until near the very end when the confused story-line started to test our patience.
Lonergan is an inspiring and obviously extremely talented filmmaker, and we cannot wait to see what he comes up with next.
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