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

Chuck & Buck

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

Chuck & Buck

Article excerpt

(Artisan Entertainment; late July)

The makers: Miguel Arteta, director; Michael White, writer

The stars: White, Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz, Lupe Ontiveras, Beth Colt

The pitch: The socially retarded Buck fixates en his straight boyhood chum, Chuck, as the object of his affections.

The reason we care: Once the arguments break out--is Buck a predatory homo? Is Chuck a latent closet case? Can friendship trump sexual orientation?--you're going to need to have an opinion.

The inside scoop: "Most Hollywood movies that deal with arrested development, like Forrest Gump or Rain Man, infantilize their characters' sexuality," says Arteta, who directed the equally quirky Stap Maps. But with Buck--who's played by White, one of the producers of TV's Freaks and Geeks and the screenplay's author--"there's no confusion with his sexual orientation. He's gay, and he's much more comfortable with that than any-one else in the movie. But that's not the issue. The issue is that he has a problem with his friend." Yes, but when the film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, it earned a dubious rep as a gay stalker comedy. "is there such a genre?" says Arteta, laughing. …

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