Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Bountiful Trip: The Charming Love Story the Trip Crosses Decades and Political Parties

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Bountiful Trip: The Charming Love Story the Trip Crosses Decades and Political Parties

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The Trip * Written and directed by Miles Swain * Starring Larry Sullivan, Steve Braun, and Alexis Arquette * TLA Releasing

Why is the gay date film so elusive a critter? You'd think all the societal and media visibility we've gained would be good for regular doses of popcorn-popping, hand-holding, Saturday-night-dinner-and-a-movie gay-themed flicks. Like a Jennifer Lopez pic, only with homos. And a better script than Maid in Manhattan or The Wedding Planner, por favor.

Miles Swain, a sometime actor based in Los Angeles, cultivated this spring's first gay date movie, The Trip. Set during the '70s and early '80s, The Trip dishes up a mix of cute guys, gay romance, political awareness, gay drama, and great soundtrack ditties. The ride begins in 1973, when uptight young Republican journalist Alan (Larry Sullivan) meets young gay activist Tommy (Steve Braun). Pity for Peter (Ray Baker), a sleazy older lawyer scheming to sip Alan like honey wine. In short order, Alan gets ditched by his flaky New Age girlfriend (Sirena Irwin), comes out of the closet, buries a fag-bashing book he secretly wrote, and moves in with Tommy. They live happily ever after. Sort of.

Peter, having stewed in bitter juices for several years, clandestinely engineers a public scandal involving Alan's coincidentally unburied book. …

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