Holding Trevor



The tortured love lives of a group of twentysomething gay and straight Angelenos are at the center of "Holding Trevor," written by and starring Brent Gorski in the title role. Unfortunately, this low-budget indie lacks the comedic wit or the dramatic gravitas to make it compelling, and its assortment of self-absorbed and generally unlikable characters don't make for very pleasant company over the course of 90 minutes.

Trevor (Gorski), who has a typically dead-end job at an answering service, has long been in a tortured relationship with Darrell (Christopher Wyllie), whose heroin addiction has gotten steadily worse and who eventually lands in an emergency room after an overdose. It's there that Trevor first meets Ephram (Eli Kranski), a hunky resident with whom he soon begins a tentative romance even while struggling with his lingering feelings towards Darrell, who promises to get straight.

Other characters who figure prominently in the dreary proceedings are Trevor's best friends Jake (Jay Brannan), who sleeps around with abandon, and Andie (Melissa Searing, delivering the film's most involving performance), who is losing a battle with alcohol. Eventually, the specter of HIV rears its ugly head.

For people whose lives mainly revolve around sex, drugs and booze, the characters here are a seriously mopey lot, with Trevor reduced to letting loose his frustrations by screaming in the middle of a car wash. Director Rosser Goodman is unable to provide enough stylistic energy to compensate for the thin narrative and one-dimensional characters, with the result that one is quickly eager to let go of "Holding Trevor."