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Luster (2002)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama | 17 March 2002 (USA)
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Luster is a refreshingly funny and sexy look at unrequited love. Jackson, a cute, lanky, blue-haired poet who works in a record store, is at the center of Everett Lewis' twisted black LA ... See full summary »

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Justin Herwick ...
Jackson
Shane Powers ...
Sam
B. Wyatt ...
Jed / Orgy Body (as b. Wyatt)
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Alyssa
Susannah Melvoin ...
Sandra
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Sonny Spike
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Sam's Mom
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Sextools Delivery Boy (as Norman Reedis)
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Kurt Domain
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Ned Smythe (as J.D. Cullum)
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Orgy Girl (as Mikee McCraine)
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Luster is a refreshingly funny and sexy look at unrequited love. Jackson, a cute, lanky, blue-haired poet who works in a record store, is at the center of Everett Lewis' twisted black LA comedy. He's got a crush on the sexy young blonde, Billy, who he met at an orgy the other night. But Billy's not into him, he's in love with Sonny, a musician into S&M. Even though Billy doesn't want Jackson, two other guys do: Derek, a clean-cut record store customer, and Sam, the supposedly straight record store owner. Into this mix is thrown Jed, Jackson's hunky cousin, which leads Jackson to seriously contemplate the technicalities of incest. Before he can do anything about it, though, Jed is seduced by Jackson's lesbian artist friend. What's a boy to do? Written by Anonymous

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Reminiscent, funny, quirky, symbolic, thought-provoking, enjoyably ridiculous – relax, watch it
1 January 2015 | by (Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Reminiscent – I was never part of that scene, but I recognise many of the situations. Funny – in the right places, and the few dark parts of the comedy are … appropriately dark. Quirky, and unexpectedly thoughtful – or thought-provoking, in not too deep a way. Some of it's emotionally symbolic, which sounds a bit arty but it's not; it's down-to-earth.

Luster is not all of those things at once in any one part of the film, nor should it be. It's a smart mix that's effectively packaged. More than OK, I felt positively good after watching it.

There's some caricature, and that's expected, but it's fitting. The characters' emotions are totally human. The timeline is enjoyably ridiculous, but I don't imagine for a moment that this was intended to be realistic. Cramming the whole thing into a single weekend is part of the essence of what makes the package effective. I shan't spoil the plot by commenting on the other essential parts.

Incidentally, it's not the orgy that's pictured on the cover (I never expected it to be – a friend recommended the movie over a decade ago).

A memorable film that I'll keep, and certainly watch again, more than once. For that alone, I want to give it 8/10.

Some of it's 9/10. Overall, it's a 7 – take your time, set aside any preconceptions, watch and enjoy.


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