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Like It Is
Like It Is is much like watching a train wreck--the very idea of it is repellent and yet you perversely can't avert your eyes. While its urban grittiness and sooty veneer entranced some critics who mistook its violent, netherworld neorealism for art, Like It Is offers little in the way of redemption, positive gay imaging, or even particularly good narrative.
Paul Oremland directed this venture about a young, gay Blackpool tough named Craig (Steve Bell) who bare-knuckle boxes for money. He ultimately moves to London in search of a better life and falls in with the trendy London gay club scene, meeting and falling for a handsome record producer named Matt (Ian Rose) and his wealthy boss (played by the Who's lead singer Roger Daltrey). The better life is quickly tainted by disillusion and misery, much as is the viewing experience.
Steve Bell is, in real life, a featherweight boxing champion in Britain and therefore brings an urgent and raw vitality to the lead, but the characters as a whole are either irritating or unsympathetic, and it's ultimately difficult to find anyone to care for, or a story worth empathizing with. --Paula Nechak
A likeable and capable cast in a well-made movie.
An unlikely relationship develops between an ambitious music promoter and an amateur boxer who is struggling to come to terms... Read more
Obnoxious characters, unremitting self indulgence, and a nonsensical plot make this movie a real dog!Published on June 9 2004 by James R. Keith
This is not your typical gender-meets-gender story. If you're looking for utopian characters, gorgeous scenery and excruciatingly snappy dialog (a la "Friends"), you... Read morePublished on Aug. 9 2003 by PoloGuy
This is an excellant film that delivers. The acting was great and the cast was perfect. It had some dark moments but overall was uplifting. Read morePublished on April 21 2003 by T. Hulse
Its not pretty, not brilliantly acted, small budget and the storylines a bit trashy - I really enjoyed it though not really sure why. I think I just got it. Read morePublished on Aug. 11 2002 by Matt Graham
Fun, energetic, & sweet. This boxer knows how to get his man. I saw this Gay & Lesbian short film festival, & I was awe seeing what these guys had to go through. Read morePublished on Aug. 7 2002 by Jose Valencia
'Like it is' was my first British gay themed film I have seen. I was not sure what to expect when I started watching this. Read morePublished on April 19 2002 by Plano Man
This was a great flick - sensitive, fast-paced and downright fun to watch. Despite its minor faults, I enjoyed it from b to e... Read morePublished on March 22 2002