Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Straight Up

 

Year: 2019
Country: USA
Run Time: 95 minutes

Straight Up
Straight Up
Straight Up
Straight Up

Fasten your seatbelts and get ready for the breakneck, speed-of-light pacing of a modern screwball comedy like no other. Set in a colorful, glistening contemporary Los Angeles, STRAIGHT UP follows Todd, a razor-smart twenty-something gay man with a bevy of personal neuroses and obsessive compulsions whose fear of dying alone ignites a precarious new thought—what if he tried dating women? Cue Rory, a quick-witted struggling actress whose intellectual ferocity and zingy one-liners make her the perfect match for Todd. Paired together, their crackling chemistry offers audiences a millennial-styled Tracy and Hepburn that electrifies the screen in this outrageous and singular feature debut. But can their relationship possibly work without sex? Prying eyes from curious friends push them to the very edge, testing every fiber of their idiosyncratic bond. This unlikely romance sets the stage for a delightful comic triumph that unpacks the myriad complexities of modern love, queer expression, and deep human connection. — R.J.T.

CIFF44 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Saturday, April 04, 2020 at 7:20 PM ET

Sunday, April 05, 2020 at 2:20 PM ET

Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles

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Competition
American Independents Competition

Director

Director
James Sweeney

Producers
David Carrico, Ross Putman, James Sweeney

Screenwriting
James Sweeney

Cinematography
Greg Cotten

Editing
Keith Funkhouser

Principal Cast
Dana Drori, James Sweeney, Katie Findlay, James Scully, Tracie Thoms, Betsy Brandt, Randall Park

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