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"... once you're on, you'll want to get off..."

The setting for the movie is in the 1970's. The movie is about the clash between the gay rights movements and the established conservative political climate. Tommy, a lanky and lean person, introduces himself to Alan during an L.A. party. Alan at this time was sexually repressed. On the other hand, Tommy is openly gay with a glib kind of sense of humor. Alan at the time is an aspiring journalist and a member of the group called Young Republicans.

Alan was currently working on his first book, a book about treatise on homosexuality. Tommy was then invited over dinner by Alan for the purpose of interviewing him for his book. Alan had a girlfriend name Beverly who joined the dinner. However, Beverly observes a suspicious connection between Alan and Tommy that led her to leave the dinner in anger.

Beverly and Alan ultimately broke up. About a month later, Alan runs into Tommy while he was jogging, and decides to invite Tommy for a friend's night out. They had a blast on that night, a lot of drinking, and some drugs. Alan then invited Tommy to sleep over in his apartment. At first they were sleeping in different rooms. Until Alan joins Tommy in the bed during the middle of the night claiming the coach was too uncomfortable. However, Tommy leaves the bed and sleeps in the couch.

The following morning, Tommy admits to Alan that he has feelings for him, and proceeds to tell him that he cannot see him again. However, Tommy tries to confront Alan with his homosexuality curiosity. Alan goes into the defensive claiming that he is not a fag like Tommy. Tommy then walks out. Alan, realizing what he did, felt horrible and calls Tommy non-stop. However, Tommy has no interest of answering his calls.

Alan decided to continue writing his book, a book which is highly critical about gays, and their chosen lifestyle. Alan was then offered a two book deal contract. However, he has second thoughts about signing the offer because of his feelings for Tommy, and what he considers old ideas about the gay community.

By 1984, Alan and Tommy were reunited. The two then proceeds to go on the road trip which had previously planned. However, in a drastic turn of events, Tommy got sick form an illness that was undisclosed in the movie.

As a great ending to their love story, Alan decided so sign the second book deal. This time, it is about his process of coming out from the closet and his fairy tale like love affair with his dear Tommy. The new book was then entitled The Trip, and is clearly dedicated to Tommy.

R
| 2002 | 1 hr 35 min | 7.0/10 | 47/100
Cast
Larry Sullivan, Steve Braun, Ray Baker, James Handy
Studio
TLA Releasing
Director
Miles Swain
Language
English
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