The Art of Being Straight (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes

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The Art of Being Straight (2008)



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Officially broken up with his girlfriend and looking for a fresh start in Los Angeles, a young and good-looking photographer finds his life turned upside down after he winds up in bed with a successful male executive in director Jesse Rosen's warmhearted tale of one man's search to discover his true identity. John has always had a way with the ladies, so when he relocates to Los Angeles to live with his old college roommate Andy, it doesn't take long for the old friends to fall back into the familiar pattern of trash talking and womanizing. Initially taken aback when his ex-girlfriend Maddy introduces him to her new girlfriend, Anna, John soon finds himself falling into a homosexual relationship of his own after landing a job at a posh L.A. ad agency.

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Steve Reisch
as Gallery Owner
Lisa Pendse
as Michelle
Jim Dineen
as Young Male Assistant
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Critic Reviews for The Art of Being Straight

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (6)

Smart without being smart-alecky, Mr. Rosen's writing avoids the aggressive cleverness and gummy politics of many similarly themed movies, focusing instead on realistic dialogue and low-key interaction.

June 5, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/5

The title is the cleverest thing about this minor indie portrait of sexual confusion.

June 5, 2009

A low-key comedy high on charm and credible twentysomething observation.

June 4, 2009

Being straight is hard to do in this brief, ponderous mumblecore flick.

June 3, 2009 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The psychologically flat script isn't nearly up to the task of depicting the pleasure within confusion/despair (or vice versa); neither are Rosen's acting chops.

June 3, 2009

Structured like a comedy, but outfitted with only the most tedious sexual-identity riffs, generic characterizations, and no singular point of view.

June 2, 2009 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Art of Being Straight


With surprisingly good acting and a smart script, The Art of Being Straight takes a nuanced approach to young adults' struggles with sexuality issues. The film failed to significantly grapple with issues of how the other people in the characters' lives might react and the impact of that reaction, which is unfortunate because it leaves the film feeling incomplete. Nevertheless, the film is funny, intelligent and well worth watching.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer


This starts off well enough but quickly devolves into meaningless scattered scenes until it abruptly ends in a sort of non ending.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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