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The Wishmakers

by Katie Abate
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Tuesday Mar 26, 2013
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Dreams do come true in David Grotell’s "The Wishmakers," just not necessarily the way they were planned. Three friends move to West Hollywood, and all are in the market for love. Ben (Ari Sorrentino) is recently out and finds work as a dance/ yoga/ Pilates instructor, Jason (Justin Martindale) reads scripts, and Corey (Matt Achine), a gender nonconformist, becomes the assistant to a bitter Mary Tyler (Sally Kirkland). All three are caught up in different aspects of love and lust throughout the film. They all realize that they are destined for bigger and better things, and each ultimately has his own awakening.

I enjoyed the film, but one major qualm I had with it was the introduction of all the characters. At first it was very difficult to keep all the characters straight, even the main three. I liked the general idea of the plot as well, though even that, at times was difficult to follow.

The film explores identity, transformations, and the process through which dreams come true (regardless of whether they were the dreams they planned on).

One aspect of the film that I did enjoy, though, was the tapestry of gay male characters featured, as opposed to just the stereotypical party boy. Corey notes at the beginning that "I don’t think ’gay’ should be the center of your identity." And, as they all note, it is definitely part of identity, sexuality is not the only aspect of an identity. Jason identifies as bi, then as gay, but also as a dancer and a romantic. And Corey’s character development was by far the most interesting, when he comments on identifying with neither male nor female alone, and also abstaining from sex because he sees it merely as a "distraction." Another interesting character in the film was the shaman. He offers advice at random intervals throughout the film on love, career, and life.

The film explores identity, transformations, and the process through which dreams come true (regardless of whether they were the dreams they had envisioned).

"The Wishmakers"
DVD
$24.95
artizical.com

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