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Johns [Import]

David Arquette , Lukas Haas , Scott Silver    R (Restricted)   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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A gritty and poignant look at the world of male prostitutes through the course of a single day on the streets - hustling for money and love while hoping for a little decency. A veteran male prostitute, John, befriends the new guy who looks to John for advice and friendship.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Closer to life than most would like July 10 2004
By S. Roy
Format:DVD
Anyone want to catch a glimpse of what happens to kids who are neglected or rejected by their families? Then you need to check out this movie. While incredibly tame compared to real life, it at least takes the average "john" into a pseudo world of the streets, and the actors are excellent in their roles. I have watched this movie SEVERAL times and have cried at the end each time. While I agree that it is a dramatic close-to-life rendition, and many want a fantasy world in which to escape when watching a movie, it also has a great message, one which you must find for yourself. I believe this is why no other character has a background, save the one, so that each viewer can find themselves in one of the characters. I love David Arquette in this movie...he reminds me a lot of a close personal friend.
Oh, yea, and most of them don't work because they have been on the streets since a very young age. They have few skills, no address or phone number, and perhaps are even a bit scared. My advice, watch this without the rose colored glasses.
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5.0 out of 5 stars speechless and shaken Jan. 1 2003
Format:VHS Tape
if you have not seen this film
stop
go to the store now
rent it
sit alone
in a dark room
and breathe this film
like you would morning coffee
I cried and sat terrified
I felt this film
throughout my entire body
this is an amazing film
so true
some that find it disturbing
only can't take the bitter spoonful
and stomach the taste
of something
called
l i f e
please watch it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty. Darkly Disturbing. Heavy. June 18 2002
Format:DVD
I decided to let this film sink in a little before writing a review for it.
Let me start by saying: This film is much darker than you may think considering it's star is a goof-ball with the majority of his other acting roles.
This is not a Comedy.
And it is not for the weak stomached.
The Jesus Metaphore throughout was a bit much at times...but worked very well with the story.
You MUST see the DVD for the extras. I watched the film then immediantly watched the David and Lucas commentary throughout the film. (DON'T WATCH THE TRAILER OR THE COMMENTARY BEFORE YOU SEE THE FILM...IT GIVES AWAY TOO MUCH).
VERY GOOD...A Flick that Sticks With You.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed, but strangely moving Dec 26 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
"johns" isn't built on a unique idea, there have been many films exploring the the sordid world of prostitution and the impact it has on the people being exploited and degraded. It's a film that takes an unflinching picture of two young male prostitutes and their journey through-out a seemingly mundane Christimas eve. We witness their daily activities such as talking with the other street walkers, bumping into angry hustlers, and being used like worthless objects by people picking them off the streets. "johns" does illustrate the two lead characters, John and Donner, as credible human beings. They may have different reasons for their actions, but both depend on each other to survive the harsh streets they work off. Lukas Haas and David Aquette give affecting, haunting performances, they play their roles with a sense of integrity which doesn't waver. "johns" doesn't have much of a plot, which is to expected, but it's utter starkness is something that is virtually impossible to turn away from, especially towards the end. If the film has a major flaw, it's the director's use of religious imagery to add a new dimension to the story, which results in some unfortunate heavy-handedness. Overall though, "johns" is a fine piece of work which is worth seeing for several reasons. It may not succeed in everything it tries to reach, but the effort being shown by both the director and cast is satisfying enough.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a Look June 27 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Not-bad calling card for Hollywood, until you realize that the director's next project was "The Mod Squad" a movie that lacks any of the potential shown here. Although this movie about El Lay hustlers has its faults--too many trite plot trappings when a solid character piece lurks beneath--the performances are very good. David Arquette, Lukas Haas, and "guest star" Elliott Gould are very effective. Contains the expected abundance of "F words" and seedy situations.
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4.0 out of 5 stars No, it's NOT Midnight Cowboy -- thank god! Sept. 15 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This curious little film does not have to pretend, as did Midnight Cowboy, that street hustling is 'straight'. We've come that far in 30 years, at least: the leads' sexuality does not have to be so understated as to be non-existent! But it does takes a couple of viewings to appreciate it. Mystical and religious overtones abound, and every name has a significance: the lead character is named 'John' (David Arquette) and he keeps meeting other Johns, (a St. John, and street johns). It is Christmas Eve. John's birthday is Christmas Day and his dream of 'heaven' is to spend the night at the elegant Park Plaza Hotel, where he encounters a wise desk-clerk named 'Paul' who calls him 'Mr. John' and treats him with true kindness and respect. John needs $300 for his night in heaven and has stolen money from a drug dealer. 'Donner' (Lukas Haas) is homeless, and in love with John. His dream is for them to get to 'Camelot' (a theme park in Branson MO where they can have jobs). Only one of them makes it to Camelot. The accompanying score is beautiful and soulful, with music ranging from Gregorian Chant to Arvo Part to Jessie Mae Robinson. A touching film, nicely done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bittersweet Drama
Arquette at his dramatic best. Haas shines too in this bittersweet drama told on stark sets with painfully true dialogue.
Published on Aug. 29 2003 by Thomas Saaristo
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching Bittersweet Drama
Arquette at his dramatic brilliance. Haas is equally smart and poigniant. A quirky but touching drama that takes advantage of stark sets and painfully truthful dialogue. Read more
Published on Aug. 29 2003 by Thomas Saaristo
1.0 out of 5 stars Please don't waste your money
I bought the Johns on the suggestion of a friend and I seriously contemplated ending the friendship (afterall anyone who thought this movie was any good can't be worthy of my... Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2003 by H. Haughton
2.0 out of 5 stars pretty bad
waited for this video in a lower price and glad that I did as this movie is no comparison to Midnight Cowboy and the story is weak very slow and Luke Haas was not very effective at... Read more
Published on Aug. 28 1999 by Alfredo Rossi
4.0 out of 5 stars So-so plot, great performances
Isn't anyone else utterly charmed by David Arquette? I don't want to be, but I just can't help myself. Read more
Published on Aug. 22 1999
2.0 out of 5 stars Is that all there is?
Depressing is the first word that comes to mind. I've know hustlers and Haas and Arquette just didn't measure up! Read more
Published on June 20 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars Touching Portrait of Street Hustlers
I was pleasently surprised after watching this film. I wanted to pick up Lukas Haas and hug him--he was so adorable. David Arquette did his finest work to date. Read more
Published on May 21 1999
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