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Danny in the Sky (2001)

Cast: Thierry Pepin, Veronique Jenkins
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Studio: Picture This
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 88 min.
Languages: French
Subtitles: English
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A teenager looking for love in all the wrong places begins travelling down a slippery slope of self-exploitation in this French Canadian drama. Danny (Thierry Pepin) is a handsome and hunky young man looking for meaning in his life. Danny's mother, a successful fashion model, died of a drug overdose when he was young, and his father (Eric Cabana), an emotionally distant homosexual, has never given him much in the way of affection, and at 19 years old, Danny's sense of self-worth is based almost entirely in his appearance, and how it's appreciated by others. While his father wants him to attend college, Danny is more interested in a career as a model; when Danny's father sees his photo in a magazine ad, the young man is kicked out of the house, and Danny's desire for love through narcissism leads him from fashion modeling to dancing in a gay strip club to appearing in porn movies, until his increasing recklessness begins to catch up with him. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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Danny Dumbs Down by talltale January 29, 2005 - 9:55 AM PST
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
A French-Canadian film as confused and tiresome as its woefully dumb protagonists, DANNY IN THE SKY tracks a hunky post-high-schooler as he goes from model to stripper to faux-gay-bashing victim. (I'm not giving anything away here: the film starts with Danny lying beaten and bleeding). All the characters are nasty users, which could be a bracing concept if the writing and direction were any good. They're not, however, so the film is full of coincidence and scenes that are meant to be moving or shocking but simply come off as ridiculous (Danny's father "renting" his own son at the a stripper bar, then going home with his roommate). The photography is better than average, there's some talent in the crew, and the cast is full of good-looking guys and OK girls (with a little full-frontal) so perhaps your time will not have been totally wasted.

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(Average 4.12)
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