Running Time: 95 min

James Sweeney



Todd has been living his life as a young gay man, but this fact is also complicated by his general aversion to sex. Much to the chagrin of his friends, Todd begins to wonder if his lack of desire means that he is actually heterosexual. Soon after, Todd meets Rory, his intellectual soulmate who also happens to be a woman, but neither Todd nor Rory are sexually attracted to one another. The two must navigate everyone else’s expectations, their own desires (or lack thereof), and the deep connection they share.

James Sweeney’s STRAIGHT UP is a whole new type of LGBTQ film that asks its audience question whether sexual desire must always be at the heart of romantic comedy films. Is Todd really straight, or is this just the product of internalized homophobia? Where do Rory’s needs fall in all this? This quick-witted film values reflection and ambiguity over formula romance.

— Cole Carvour
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