Those People

Last updated
Those People
Those People film poster.png
Directed byJoey Kuhn
Written byJoey Kuhn
Story byJoey Kuhn
Grainne O'Hara Belluomo
Produced byJoey Kuhn
Kimberly Parker
Sarah Perlman Bremner
StarringJonathan Gordon
Jason Ralph
Haaz Sleiman
Britt Lower
Meghann Fahy
Chris Conroy
Max Jenkins
Allison Mackie
Daniel Gerroll
Tamara Torres
CinematographyLeonardo D'Antoni
Edited bySara Shaw
Music by Adam Crystal
Production
company
Little Big Horn Films
Distributed by Wolfe Video
Release date
  • May 16, 2015 (2015-05-16)(Seattle)
Running time
89 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Those People is a 2015 American romantic drama film, written and directed by Joey Kuhn and starring Jonathan Gordon, Jason Ralph and Haaz Sleiman. [1] The cast also includes Britt Lower, Meghann Fahy, Chris Conroy, Allison Mackie, and Max Jenkins.

Contents

Those People was released theatrically in New York City and Los Angeles in May 2016. The film was nominated for Outstanding Film – Limited Release at the 28th GLAAD Media Awards in 2017. [2]

Kuhn has described the film as having been inspired by his own experience falling in love with his best friend at college, as well as by his fascination with the story of Bernie Madoff's son Mark, who committed suicide two years after his father's arrest. [3]

During its festival run, the film won the Audience Award for Outstanding Feature Film at the 2015 NewFest: New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Film Festival, [4] as well as the Audience Award for Best First US Dramatic Feature at the 2015 Outfest Film Festival. [5]

Plot

Charlie (Jonathan Gordon), a young art student from New York haunted by Joris-Karl Huysmans' A Rebours, is asked by his best friend Sebastian (Jason Ralph) to move into his apartment as he deals with depression and public scorn following his wealthy financier father Dick's (Daniel Gerroll) arrest on high-profile white-collar criminal charges. Charlie's mother thinks this is a bad idea due to long-standing one-sided romantic feelings he has for Sebastian. On a night out with Sebastian and a wider group of friends Charlie meets and flirts with Lebanon-born bar-pianist Tim (Haaz Sleiman). The two have chemistry, but when Sebastian is refused service at the bar because of his father, the group abruptly leaves. On their way back to Sebastian's apartment they are chased by paparazzi. The events of the night worsen Sebastian's depression.

Charlie and a couple of his friends attend a classical music concert and notice Tim is the pianist. After the show, Charlie and Tim spend the night together talking and share a kiss, beginning a relationship which leads Charlie to begin neglecting Sebastian. Tim soon professes love for Charlie, but sensing Charlie is holding back on account of his feelings for Sebastian, Tim breaks up with him. At a Halloween party Charlie is depressed at his break-up but makes a pass at Sebastian, who laughs it off. Later that night Sebastian has brought a guy home with them, which upsets Charlie who professes his feelings. They begin a threesome encounter at the date's suggestion, but Sebastian storms out and Charlie tells the guy to leave. Sebastian rejects Charlie, saying it would ruin their friendship. Charlie moves out and reunites with Tim.

Tim is offered a dream job as pianist for the San Francisco Symphony, which would require a move he asks Charlie to also take. Sebastian visits his father in jail, and he tells him to continue his crimes which causes Sebastian to disown his father after an argument. His father hangs himself in his cell. Charlie struggles to break the news of his leaving New York to Sebastian at a tense dinner with their friends and Tim. The news causes Sebastian to stand on his apartment balcony prepared to jump. Charlie talks him down but Tim breaks up with him again, believing he'll always come second. Sebastian moves in with Charlie and his mother and begins to slowly recover. On the eve of Tim's departure for San Francisco Sebastian calls him and he and Charlie spend one more night and part on sad but good terms, admitting it's not their time despite their feelings for each other. Some time later Charlie has completed his masters thesis art exhibition using himself for inspiration, rather than Sebastian, for the first time. Meanwhile Sebastian is preparing to leave New York for a fresh start, and the film ends with one more friends gathering as Sebastian and Charlie toast to their friendship with the rest of the group.

Cast

See also

Related Research Articles

<i>The Birdcage</i> 1996 film by Mike Nichols

The Birdcage is a 1996 American comedy film directed by Mike Nichols, adapted by Elaine May, and starring Robin Williams, Gene Hackman, Nathan Lane, and Dianne Wiest. Dan Futterman, Calista Flockhart, Hank Azaria, and Christine Baranski appear in supporting roles. It is a remake of the 1978 Franco-Italian film La Cage aux Folles.

Ross Geller Fictional TV character

Ross Geller, Ph.D., portrayed by David Schwimmer, is one of the six main fictional characters of the NBC sitcom Friends. Ross is considered by many to be the most intelligent member of the group and is noted for his goofy but lovable demeanor. His relationship with Rachel Green was included in TV Guide's list of the best TV couples of all time, as well as Entertainment Weekly's "30 Best 'Will They/Won't They?' TV Couples". Kevin Bright, one of the executive producers of the show, had worked with Schwimmer before, so the writers were already developing Ross's character in Schwimmer's voice; hence, Schwimmer was the first person to be cast on the show.

<i>Caroline in the City</i> American sitcom

Caroline in the City is an American television sitcom that ran on the NBC television network. It stars Lea Thompson as cartoonist Caroline Duffy, who lives in Manhattan. The series premiered on September 21, 1995, in the "Must See TV" Thursday night block between Seinfeld and ER. The show ran for 97 episodes over four seasons before it was cancelled; the final episode was broadcast on April 26, 1999. The series' rights are currently held by CBS Media Ventures.

<i>The Mudge Boy</i> 2003 film by Michael Burke

The Mudge Boy is a 2003 American drama film directed by Michael Burke, based on Burke's 1998 short film Fishbelly White which was featured in the compilation Boys Life 5. It stars Emile Hirsch, Tom Guiry, and Richard Jenkins. It was produced by Elizabeth W. Alexander and distributed by Showtime after its release at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.

Carrie Bradshaw Sex and the City character

Caroline Marie Bradshaw is the protagonist of the HBO franchise Sex and the City, portrayed by Sarah Jessica Parker. She is a semi-autobiographical character created by Candace Bushnell, whose book Sex and the City was adapted into the franchise. Carrie is a New York City columnist and fashionista; her weekly column, "Sex and the City," provides the narration for each episode. In the CW prequel series The Carrie Diaries, Carrie was portrayed by AnnaSophia Robb. Parker will reprise the role in the HBO Max series And Just Like That...

Serena van der Woodsen Character in the Gossip Girl novel series and its TV adaptation

Serena Celia van der Woodsen is the protagonist character in the Gossip Girl novel series and in its TV adaptation, in which she is portrayed by Blake Lively. Serena is featured on the blog of the series' mysterious narrator, "Gossip Girl". Serena is the it girl and is a character that appears to easily get whatever she wants because of her good looks, energy, and charisma.

<i>Lilies</i> (film) 1996 Canadian film

Lilies is a 1996 Canadian film directed by John Greyson. It is an adaptation by Michel Marc Bouchard and Linda Gaboriau of Bouchard's own play Lilies. It depicts a play being performed in a prison by the inmates.

<i>Urbania</i> (film) 2000 American film

Urbania is a 2000 independent drama film based on the play Urban Folk Tales. It was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival, then played the Toronto International Film Festival, the Seattle Film Festival, and a number of LGBT film festivals, winning a total of 6 "Best Film" awards. It was released by Lionsgate and was named "One of the Year's Best Films" in over 35 publications including the Los Angeles Times, Time Out, the Chicago Tribune, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Kathryn Merteuil

Kathryn Merteuil is a fictional character who appears in Cruel Intentions and Cruel Intentions 2, portrayed by actresses Sarah Michelle Gellar and Amy Adams, respectively. Based on the Marquise Isabelle de Merteuil in Pierre Choderlos de Laclos's 1782 novel Les Liaisons dangereuses, Kathryn serves as the primary antagonist of the series.

Sebastian Stan Romanian-American actor

Sebastian Stan is a Romanian-American actor. Stan gained wide recognition for his role as Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning with 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger. He later returned in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), and went on to star in Ant-Man (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Black Panther (2018), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019) and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021).

<i>The Visitor</i> (2007 drama film) 2007 American film

The Visitor is a 2007 American drama film written and directed by Tom McCarthy and produced by Michael London and Mary Jane Skalski. Executive producers were Jeff Skoll and Omar Amanat. The screenplay focuses on a lonely man in late middle age whose life changes when a chance encounter with an immigrant couple forces him to face issues relating to identity, immigration, and cross-cultural communication in post-9/11 New York City.

Lars Schneider

Lars Schneider is a fictional character of German soap opera Verbotene Liebe . The character has been played by actor Herbert Ulrich from 24 October 2002 to 18 May 2005 and again from 13 October 2006 to 29 August 2008.

Jennifer "Jenn" Damiano is an American actress and singer, most known for originating the role of Natalie Goodman in Next to Normal on Broadway. 18-year-old Jennifer received her first nomination for the 2009 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical, becoming one of the youngest nominees for the award. She appeared in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark on Broadway as Mary Jane Watson; the musical opened officially on June 14, 2011. She returned to Broadway in March 2016 in the musical American Psycho.

<i>The Perks of Being a Wallflower</i> (film) 2012 film by Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a 2012 American coming-of-age drama film written and directed by Stephen Chbosky, based on his own 1999 novel of the same name. Logan Lerman stars as a teenager named Charlie who writes to an unnamed friend, and these epistles chronicle his trials, tribulations, and triumphs as he goes through his freshman year of high school. The film depicts his struggles with his, unbeknownst to him, post-traumatic stress disorder, as he goes through his journey in high school making new friends. The film's ensemble cast also includes Mae Whitman, Kate Walsh, Dylan McDermott, Joan Cusack, and Paul Rudd in supporting roles.

<i>Any Day Now</i> (2012 film) 2012 American drama film

Any Day Now is a 2012 American drama film directed by Travis Fine, who rewrote the original screenplay that George Arthur Bloom had written 30 years previously.

<i>Burning Bodhi</i> 2015 American film

Burning Bodhi is a 2015 independent film written and directed by Matthew McDuffie. It stars Kaley Cuoco, Landon Liboiron, Sasha Pieterse, and Cody Horn. The film had its world premiere at the Austin Film Festival on November 1, 2015.

<i>Naomi and Elys No Kiss List</i> 2015 film by Kristin Hanggi

Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List is a 2015 American romantic comedy-drama film written by Amy Andelson and Emily Meyer, and directed by Kristin Hanggi. It is based on the 2007 book of the same name by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. The film stars Victoria Justice, Pierson Fodé, and Matthew Daddario. It had its world premiere at the Outfest Film Festival on July 17, 2015. It was then released on September 18, 2015, through video on demand. The film produced over 1 million dollars in the box-office and was made on a budget of 3 million dollars. In a 2016 interview, Victoria Justice states that "...the film is a drama, to say the least. There is no true plot to the film and I feel like after the movie ended, Ely and Naomi got an apartment together and finally lived their true happy endings."

<i>Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy</i> 2014 American film

Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy is a 2013 one-man show by Alec Mapa. It was made into a concert film that screened at film festivals in 2014 and premiered on Showtime in 2015.

Who's Afraid of Vagina Wolf? is a 2013 lesbian romantic comedy film, created by Anna Margarita Albelo, in her feature directorial debut.

References

  1. "'Those People': Provincetown Review". The Hollywood Reporter , June 23, 2015.
  2. "Outstanding Film (Limited Release) - GLAAD Media Award Nominees Revealed". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-11-09.
  3. "‘Those People’ Movie Takes on Love Triangles and Financial Scandals". WWD , October 22, 2015.
  4. "'Those People' and 'The Same Difference' Lead NewFest Winners". Indiewire , October 30, 2015.
  5. "Outfest Announces 2015 Winners". Variety. 19 July 2015. Retrieved 2015-11-30.