DVD Review - People You May Know (2016)
Sean Maher (Firefly and The Playboy Club) stars as Joe Sanders. He emerges as the clear protagonist, mainly because he's given two story lines to juggle. One involves a surprise pregnancy and the second involves an online relationship. For a nearly two-hour movie, that's not too much, but with everything else thrown into the mix, Joe's story lines get distracted or not enough due diligence.
During a drunken and drug-addled night, Joe has sex with his ex-girlfriend, Delia, played by Andrea Grano. Some time later, he realizes that he got her pregnant. The problem is that Joe is gay and Delia is dating one of his best friends, Rodrigo, played by Nacho San José. Unfortunately, Falcón never shows us the scene of how the two ended up having sex. Falcón goes from the two dancing to the next morning where they're lying naked on top of each other on a couch. That edit literally creates a plot-hole, which never gets filled.
Both Joe and Delia were drunk and on cocaine, but, despite what anyone says, people don't just have sex by accident. Someone had to initiate. Both looked very coherent while they were dancing, so they must have been conscious of what they were doing while in the act. So many unanswered questions are then raised. How long was the encounter that at no point did either have a sober thought that they were committing adultery, nonsensical adultery because neither want to be with the other and it's not as if they couldn't get laid from someone else?
Once the pregnancy is revealed though, Joe pushes to terminate and Delia pushes to keep it. Because we have no clue what happened the night of conception, there's no real point of contention. Basically, Joe has to accept the baby and be a part of its life or not. It would have been more interesting if Joe wanted the baby and Delia didn't. Joe's resistance feels like it's more about the betrayal of Rodrigo, but he's upset to a degree that it's going to be some burden or great responsibility that doesn't come across as anything more than whiny. Joe is a writer but we're never really told what Delia does. Both seem wealthy enough that a baby wouldn't disrupt either of their lives that much.
Delia's resistance of an abortion doesn't resonate in the modern times. She admits that she knew Rodrigo was sterile, but she never says what her plan was if she never had sex with Joe because she makes this argument like she has no other options, especially at her age. However, R&B pop-star Janet Jackson announced this year that she was pregnant through natural conception and she's 50 years old. Back in 2001, celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz announced she was pregnant through sperm donation and she was 52 years old.
|Trey McCurley in 'People You May Know'|
It doesn't even do what an episode of Catfish: The TV Series does. It provides this fantasy or gay wet dream where a devilishly handsome stranger whom Joe only knows in a few pictures all of a sudden falls in his lap and without much effort is able to get him. Given that tons of episodes of Catfish: The TV Series never results in what happens here, it's unrealistic. Yet, Trey McCurley (Hot Guys With Guns and Crazy Bitches) who plays Tom, the guy in the online pictures, the veritable Facebook stranger, is a tall, gorgeous and really sexy dude, so I can't blame Falcón for making a wet dream out of him.
|Curt Hansen in 'People You May Know'|
There's a lot to admire about this film, a lot that is engaging. However, when watching this movie, all I could think about was a similar movie with a more comedic bent. Happy Endings (2005) with David Sutcliffe (Girlmore Girls) is the movie that came to mind. Sutcliffe plays the better version of Sean Maher's character or at least the version of a gay man dealing with sudden fatherhood in more compelling ways.
Not Rated but contains full-rear male nudity, graphic sexual situations and language.
Running Time: 1 hr. and 47 mins.