A film depicting a gay love story between a bareknuckled fighter and a coke sniffing record producer? Who would have ever thought it would work? But it does, thanks in large part to Steve Bell, a natural in front of the camera, who steals the show as Craig Collins, a shy, working class, bare-knuckled fighter from Blackpool who chooses to reveal his, uh, less macho side to Matt, played by Ian Rose, an ambitious record and club executive, who's smitten mightily. Christopher Hargreaves, who is reminiscent of Bob Hoskins, plays Tony, Craig's older brother, and also gives a good performance.
By turns romantic, very sexy, humorous and painful, Like It Is is a much better take on the theme of a gay athelete coming out than the smaltzy, better known but much overrated Get Real, and is to be appreciated for showing the diversity of gay relationships. The unlikely ending to this unlikely love story will make you glad. Plus, it's not about high school kids, for once.
As good as it is in the good parts, I can't call this a great gay film, however, because of the inclusion of The Big Name Star, Roger Daltrey of the Who, included, I suppose, in the hopes his name on the marquee would draw crowds, but who only mugs his way through the most unlikeable role in the film, distracting attention from the real stars and the real story.
Still, I highly recommend Like It Is.