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Seek

April 4, 2017

A shy, budding young writer, Evan, attempts to shake off the torment of lost love while taking a newspaper assignment profiling an alluring club promoter, who reigns over a world of music, lights, and drag queens.

They are all longing for the same thing approval. Whether it s by the in-crowd, the hottie across the bar or in the industry they work, all strive for something greater, failing to appreciate what they already have.

Hunter is the party planner who seems to combine hedonism with good old down to earth capitalist principles. There is no chemistry here – unless you include the occasional references to drugs.

Even when he is off-duty having a drink, Evan has an uncomfortable encounter with an old man looking for company. Very admirable reminders about everyone needing to find their own path to happiness, but still a tad too preachy and really unnecessary to the flow of the story. This then degenerates into an extremely awkward scene with Evan telling him he “has a enough friends,” before agreeing to give the old man his phone number. Evan then proceeds to spend the rest of the film ignoring his phone whenever it rings, rolling eyes to heaven and saying things like “it’s the old man who’s looking for friends.”

The film could have been a great psychological excursion into obsession if it wasn’t so afraid to scratch beneath the surface. A perfect example of this is Evan’s female friend, who appears in two practically unnecessary scenes. When I watched it last night I couldn’t figure out why she was there, unless it was to give the film a female character.

The first time we meet her, she gets drunk, tries to seduce Evan and pitches a sulky tantrum when the gay guy, surprisingly, says he’s not interested. This is within the first 15 minutes of the film. She doesn’t reappear until almost the end of the movie. This time she picks a fight with him because he isn’t paying her any attention before storming out of the apartment.

Her character shows us nothing of Evan or herself but taken in the context of obsession – and with further development – the character could have been an interesting juxtaposition between the other obsessions – Evans for Jordan and Hunter for Jordan and Evan.

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