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  •  REVIEW: CIRCUIT

      Circuit
    Cop "out"

    The story of a small-town policeman who is outed and beaten is really just a brief setup for a softcore exploration of the gay "circuit party" scene in "Circuit."

    By DAVID N. BUTTERWORTH
    Offoffoff.com


    According to the press materials for "Circuit," Dirk ("Man of the Year") Shafer's new film "follows the journey of a naive and closeted police officer in a conservative small town who is outed and brutalized by his fellow cops. Seeking the chance to live as an openly gay man, he ventures to West Hollywood, CA, and quickly falls into the fast-paced, seductive, and bacchanalian world of the Gay Party Circuit."

    CIRCUIT
    Directed by: Dirk Sharfer.
    Written by: Gregory Hinton, Dirk Shafer.
    Cast: Jonathan Wade Drahos, Andre Khabbazi, William Katt, Kiersten Warren, Daniel Kucan, Nancy Allen, Paul Lekakis, Brian Lane Green, JM J. Bullock, Brian Beacock, Woody Schultz..

    Related links: Official site | All of David N. Butterworth's reviews at Rotten Tomatoes
      
    What the press kit fails to mention is that the above happens in the film's first 30 seconds!

    Shafer doesn't spend a whole lot of time setting the scene. The film opens with our hero, the generically named John, lying face down on the white tiled floor of a Red Party bathroom. As he pulls himself together, we flashback to his time in uniform, to his brutal beating by fellow officers, to his commanding officer's suggestion that a relocation to a part of the country that "better tolerates his lifestyle" might be a wise decision for all concerned.

    Cut to a scene of John moving into a West Hollywood apartment building, sans uniform, ready to party.

    The rest of the film, an unashamed gay interest soft-porn flick with lashings of sex, drugs, and dance music, pretty much follows John (played by John Wade Drahos, sort of a cross between Antonio Banderas and Rupert Everett if you can buy that) as he hops from one dance-driven weekend celebration to the next trying, if only for a short time, to escape from the normal "straight" world. "Surrounded by beautiful men, VIP parties and decadent night-into-morning dancing, John strives to stay afloat in an ever-deepening pool of hustlers, money, sex and deception" the press alert continues.

    Drahos gives his best in the lead but this is a film that fares better in the audio/visual department than in the skilled use of dialogue. Shafer utilizes some interesting camera tricks and angles, not to mention a plethora of flashily edited images of naked male torsos bumping and grinding the night away. Other cast members who also impress include Andre Khabazzi as Hector, the volatile Latin hustler who falls for John, and Kiersten Warren as John's high school friend Nina (Warren is probably the best thing about "Circuit" — she's smart and funny and doesn't take herself too seriously). Name performers William Katt and Nancy Allen are also on hand to give the proceedings a boost but their contributions are slight; the film has more than enough energy to get by on its own.

    Like the driving, pulse-ridden techno beat provided by veteran DJ/mixer Tony Moran and Centaur Entertainment's Nick DiBlase, "Circuit" is a single-mindedly monotonous movie-going experience. But as a glimpse of an alternative lifestyle — a fast, frenetic, and flesh-ridden invitation into the glamorous world of the gay party circuit — it offers up something a little bit unique.

    APRIL 26, 2002
    OFFOFFOFF.COM • THE GUIDE TO ALTERNATIVE NEW YORK


    Reader comments on Circuit:

  • Circuit   from Francisco N Rodriguez, Jul 28, 2002
  • Re: Circuit   from Spiderman, Jan 21, 2003
  • Re: Circuit   from garet, Dec 18, 2003
  • Re: Circuit   from , Apr 7, 2005
  • Hello, world!   from Roderic, Sep 23, 2002
  • Re: Hello, world!   from Aron Zuela, Mar 6, 2003
  • Thoughtful   from Cristian, Jan 30, 2004
  • Re: Hello, world!   from susan, Jan 31, 2004
  • Circut   from vaitalianboi, Jun 8, 2003
  • Re: Circuit   from SaschNY, Jul 28, 2003
  • Daniel Kucan   from jim, Dec 7, 2005
  • Re: Daniel Kucan   from kladee, Jan 18, 2006
  • awesome   from Cody, Jan 6, 2006
  • Circuit--my response   from Julien Amerelle, Aug 17, 2006
  • Gay Payment?   from Mike, Oct 30, 2006
  • Re: Gay Payment?   from teresa, Aug 28, 2008
  • [no subject]   from Don Olson, Mar 24, 2010
  • Paul   from Frerickmoreno, Feb 23, 2013

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