Holding Trevor

2008, Movie, NR, 88 mins


There isn't enough by way of a story here to keep director Rosser Goodman and writer-star Brent Gorksi earnest but lethargic drama about a romantically stalled Angelino from petering out as well, but some decent performances from the likeable cast may be enough to hold your interest.

True to his name, Trevor Holden (Gorski) is having trouble letting go. A frustrated answering-service drone who blows off steam by screaming his lungs out in L.A. car washes, Trevor can't manage to cut the emotional cord that ties him to his boyfriend, Darrell (Christopher Wyllie), even after Darrell's heroin habit once again leaves him near death in the county hospital. Darrell is now on methadone and in a 12-step program, and he swears this time is going to be different. Trevor believes him, but his cynical best friend, Jake (Jay Brannan) -- a sexually promiscuous singer-songwriter who can't remember the names of any of his "dates" -- doesn't, and urges Trevor to drop Darrell and move on. Although he can't seem to pull himself away -- Darrell is after all, the first guy he ever slept with -- Trevor finally agrees to let Jake drag him to a party where Trevor meets Ephram (Eli Kranski), a good looking doctor. Eprham reminds Trevor that they've actually met before: Ephram was the attending resident at the hospital when Darrell was admitted. The two hit it off, begin dating and soon call each other "boyfriend," though Ephram suspects Trevor hasn't yet gotten over Darrell and their tortured relationship.

There's a lot of off-hand dialogue that goes nowhere and though the film is ostensibly about Trevor, the only interesting thing that really happens happens to the one character who gets shortest shrift. Melissa Searing, who plays Trevor's roommate, however, is a real find: She brings a salty edge and poignant anger to the kind of character that could too easily written of as yet another "fag hag." And although Brannan has a fine, clear singing voice, his bitchy, Valley Girl inflected Jake -- "Oh my god, I'm so fat." "Oh my God, I'm so grossed out right now." -- is one cliche we could all really do without. leave a comment --Ken Fox

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