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Leaving Metropolis (2002)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 12 October 2003 (USA)
A famous painter creates a triangle in a young couple's marriage.

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Violet
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Shannon
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Homeless Man
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Complimentary Customer (as Christopher Sigurdson)
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David is a painter with painter's block who takes a job as a waiter to get some inspiration. He falls for hunky diner owner Matt, who falls just as hard back. But Violet, Matt's wife is a complicating factor! Toss in David's best friends a dying pre-op transsexual best friend and an aging, bitter, fag-hag journalist. Will David break up Matt's marriage? Will Violet learn the truth? Will David or Matt learn the true meaning of love? Written by Tim Evanson <tevanson@earthlink.net>

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When art inspires hidden passion...

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Film debut of Thom Allison. See more »

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A newspaper headline in the defunct Winnipeg Tribune uses the American spelling of "favored". The Winnipeg Tribune would have used the Canadian spelling "favoured". See more »

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David: How did I ever drown in someone so shallow?
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"POOR SUPER MAN" was developed by CanState, Toronto, Bob Baker Artistic Director, Martin Bragg Artistic Producer See more »

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References Spider-Man (2002) See more »

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Rhythm Of Your Wings
Written and performed by Gary Fjellgaard
Published by Slim Creek Music SOCAN/Kitchen Table Music SOCAN
from: Under Western Skies
© 1996 Courtesy of Stony Plain Records
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A Problematic Transition from Stage to Screen
5 November 2002 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

This Canadian effort is accomplished playwright Brad Fraser's film adaptation of his stage play POOR SUPERMAN, in which a celebrated but frustrated artist rediscovers his muse, in the form of a supposedly straight man who's running a downtown diner with his wife. It takes no stretch of the imagination to guess what the basic plot is.

From the beginning, lawyers for Warner Bros. and Marvel Comics had threatened suit if the Superman imagery from the play were used in the film. The play was written at the height of public awareness of the AIDS epidemic in North America (ca. 1993), and was replete with metaphor carried by the very imagery lacking in the film adaptation. Just as the protagonist is seemingly the last of his race (gay men not yet victimized by AIDS), Superman was the last survivor of his Kryptonian race. Gay people were in the closet as Superman was masquerading as Clark Kent. So, the film was bound to have major problems once it was cleansed of much of this context.

Fraser seems to have compensated for his loss by increasing the gymbot quotient; indeed, the male flesh watchers in the audience were treated to a parade of pecs, abs, and asses. Fraser, who answered questions for the audience after the film, insisting he was working on the principle for "equal opportunity sex scenes," ended up showing much more explicit straight lovemaking scenes. Coming in at a short 89 minutes, this film had me walking away remembering most these scenes with the wife's extra perky breasts.

LEAVING METROPOLIS's dialog started out very stilted and the characterizations seemed too heavy handed when translated to film, but as the plot wore on, the uneven acting brought occasional glimpses of brilliance. Troy Ruptash as David the gay artist (in the past, seen on TV in episodes of ER, JAG, THE WEST WING, and BOSTON PUBLIC) put on an occasionally emotionally believing performance. But it is Canadian actor Vince Corazza, a young but veteran TV movie actor, who shone with a great job as the tormented married guy, Matt. Newcomer Thom Allison as David's transgendered, AIDS-inflicted best friend Shannon only endeared with the queeny quips, and fell short trying to bring out the gravity of her situation. David's boozy mentor, Kryla (Lynda Boyd), and Matt's wife, Violet (Cherilee Taylor), weren't given much more than base characterizations to work with.

In the end, we don't care much why David didn't seem to think too much about the implications of his helping to break up a marriage, because we don't see much of what Fraser is trying to say about David himself.


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