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Jason Stuart video has entertaining moments but few original thoughts

By |2018-01-16T00:03:56-05:00April 12th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Those of us still in the hunt for Mr. Right – and well beyond the sunny side of our youth – can sympathize with comedian Jason Stuart.
In the movie “10 Attitudes” – which Stuart stars in, co-wrote and co-produced – the comic plays a 30-something Jewish caterer who discovers his boyfriend of 10 years is cheating on him. And has been, pretty much the whole time the two were together.
Now newly single and depressed, Josh is afraid that the West Hollywood dating pool is far too shallow for someone his age. So to prove him wrong, his best friend, Brandon, agrees to find Josh his Mr. Right in 10 dates, or Josh will move back home to Cleveland.
Sounds predictable, right?
It is, and that’s the main problem with “10 Attitudes.”
We veterans of the dating wars have all met these recycled jerks many times before. There’s the unemployed cokehead, the stud looking for uncommitted sex, the partnered queer looking for some action on the side, the self-important bore who does nothing but talk about himself and the married guy whose wife has no clue about her husband’s extracurricular activities. There’s not a gem in the bunch.
Disappointingly, writers Stuart and Michael Gallant shed no new light on the subject of “dating past your prime” – they simply paint it with a West Hollywood sheen. As such, much of the story is far too familiar and has very little relevance to those of us who live outside the West Coast’s gay ghetto – which, therefore, generates little sympathy for Stuart’s character.
The movie’s ‘O. Henry’-ish ending – telegraphed ever so slightly early on in a scene that otherwise seems out of place – is about the most original aspect of the story, but ultimately, it works only if you believe in fairy tales.

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