With the aesthetic of Cassavetes, the Duplass Brothers' short film packs a punch. What starts out as seemingly mundane turns into the serious; a group of well-intentioned friends attempt to help their friend Steve come out of the closet, but their methods are less than ideal.
It's a good story but the performances weren't that good. As for the story, what was the point of doing this? The "friends" are not friendly at all and nobody should be forced to get out of the closet. It's something that they must do by themselves when ready. A friend should encourage another friend to feel better, a friend should help. But this didn't seem to help at all. Watching this was quite stressing for me.
The way Mark presses Steve, and purposely brings up instances to strong-arm Steve -- not into BEING, but into admittance, comes off hardly 'friendly' let alone persuasive. Even from the start. It's all rather unpleasant. And the performances aren't topnotch, either. 2.4
Starts light-hearted and turns darker quickly, all with a nice flow. The performances feel like your in a circle of what seems to be friends, probably because they all really were, but it lends itself nicely to the progression of the simple to understand but complex issue in the story. It definitely did remind me of watching Cassevettes.