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Johns [Import]

David Arquette , Lukas Haas , Scott Silver    R (Restricted)   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 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
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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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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars So-so plot, great performances Aug. 22 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Isn't anyone else utterly charmed by David Arquette? I don't want to be, but I just can't help myself. His vibrancy, his smile, his energy all combine to make him an almost annoyingly appealling actor. If he was a friend, I know that I would forgive him a thousand excesses, and don't we all know someone like that? This is the character he plays in "Johns", and yet seems somehow not to be acting. Lukas Haas shows us a tender and sweet side, in a solid performance.Maybe the plot was a bit sucky. One reviewer below said it perfectly, it sure feels like a pampered film school fellow's vision of what Life On the Street for Less Fortunate Boys would be like. It's the acting by Hass, and particularly Arquette, that makes this film worth checking out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Johns Review By Robert Raketty Dec 3 1998
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This film is about a group of boys who resort to selling themselves in order to fill a greater hunger and in some cases with tragic concequences. What moved me most was Lukas Haas's charactor, who comes to the streets after running away from a family unable to cope with ther son's homosexuality. This movie is able to open a window of reality into their world that no other movie has been able to duplicate. This fim also gives an intimate portrayl of youth trying to find a link in a society in which they are outcasts. I would recomend this movie to anyone who wishes to understand those that society has placed on the bottom and because Haas gives a stunning performance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty. Darkly Disturbing. Heavy. June 18 2002
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great little movie Two lead actors brilliant with sad
Great little movie Two lead actors brilliant with sad,
tragic ending.
Published 2 months ago by William McMaster
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
5.0 out of 5 stars speechless and shaken
if you have not seen this film
go to the store now
rent it
sit alone
in a dark room
and breathe this film
like you would morning coffee... Read more
Published on Jan. 1 2003 by Jason J Anderson
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a Look
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. Read more
Published on June 27 2000 by C. Manson
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
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
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