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Like It Is (1998)

A tough young boxer struggles to come out in England. Having travelled to London, from his smaller town, he meets and falls for a twenty-something music producer. But love doesn't come easy.

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Craig
Ian Rose ...
Matt
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Kelvin
Dani Behr ...
Paula
Jude Alderson ...
Gloria
Emile Charles ...
Aylon
Chris Hargreaves ...
Tony, Craig's Brother (as Christopher Hargreaves)
Paul Broughton ...
Minto
P.J. Nicholas ...
Jamie
Sean Simpson ...
Jack
Charlie Caine ...
Terry, DJ
Stephen Burke ...
Luke
Dickon Tolson ...
Dirty Dave
Chris Ross ...
Andy
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Craig is a rough kid in Blackpool, picking up cash as a bare-knuckle club fighter; he's also having a hard time accepting that he's gay. Outside a dance club, he meets Matt, a Londoner working for Kelvin, a shady but enterprising music producer. Matt's flatmate is a client, singer Paula Poptart, who's Matt's good friend but also insecure and needy as a performer. Craig comes down to London to join Matt, but this presents problems for Matt, who's had lots of blokes but never fallen in love. Matt's feelings, Kelvin's demands, Matt's dream to run a rock club, Paula's snits and jealousy, and Craig's lack of job skills combine to put Craig and Matt's relationship in jeopardy. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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28 August 1998 (USA)  »

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Baš kao što jeste  »

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$69,426 (USA) (11 December 1998)

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$94,943 (USA) (22 January 1999)
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Quotes

Matt: Go fuck yourself, Kelvin.
Kelvin: I frequently do! And I fucking enjoy it!
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Soundtracks

Do I
Performed by Denise Gordon, Gifted
Stealth Club Mix
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One of the better 'gay' themed 90s movies
28 September 2004 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Early on into the movie one becomes interested in the story and what will follow. The actors give charming performances and their conflicting interests are dealt with credibly. The film consists of a well balanced blend of drama, humour, fast paced action, and gentler quiet moments. Blackpool is visualized as bleak in comparison to brightly lit London; which symbolizes an environment of repression and brutality in contrast to a more liberal and sophisticated environment. The effect this change of setting has on the main character, is the red thread of the movie. He wants that change but, his character is still very much rooted in the Northern village mentality, albeit combined with a very appealing innocence. A straight audience that criticizes the film because the main characters are gay, and therefore cannot identify with these characters and declare it flawed, only reveal their limited imagination and intelligence. Also one must not ignore other important themes such as jealousy, the North / South divide, fast love against long term relationships.


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