A foundational film of New Queer Cinema and the first picked for preservation by UCLA/Outfest Legacy Project. An admittedly uneven, low budget indie film whose importance arises from its portrayal of gays not as victims or villains or comic relief but multi dimensional members of a diverse community and thriving subculture. A surprisingly shocking concept in 1986.
PG's affectionate snapshot of '80s bourgeois NY gays stays on the tame side, as if to show that an entirely gay world can be boring, too. Emotionally muted conversations resemble Whit Stillman's minus the intellectual snap. A young Buscemi as a New Waver w/ AIDS gets the best line, reacting to a heated phonecall w/ his lawyer: "What's the difference between gay men & straight men? Nothing, they're all assholes!"