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Run Time: 95 minutes
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.
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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