Hooked

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5.01 h 31 min201818+
Jack is a homeless teenage prostitute with a smart mouth and impulsive tendencies. He battles through a violent world of reckless johns between New York City and Miami, desperately seeking a better life with his boyfriend Tom.
Directors
Max Emerson
Starring
Sean OrmondTerrance MurphyJared Sandler
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SuspenseDrama
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English [CC]
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English
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Supporting actors
Conor DonnallyJay Alan Christianson
Producers
Melissa D. Llewellyn
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Breaking Glass
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3.9 out of 5 stars

170 global ratings

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gordon powellReviewed in the United States on August 28, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
AWFUL
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Good picture and sound quality, but with the exception of the closeted stereotype sugar daddy, none of the other characters were believable. A party all night, homeless, coke snorting hustler with a buff body and flawless skin that could not act either. Nothing notable in the minimal soundtrack. There was no nudity other than the usual cliche butt shot. 2 very brief shots of simulated sex showing faces only. A little more violent than usual. Would probably get an "R" rating for the violence, language, and situations. Another wasted $20.00 down the toilet. Straight in the trash with this one so I don't watch it again next year after forgetting how bad it was. You would have to be really naive to like this.
29 people found this helpful
ThierryReviewed in the United States on August 4, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
Disturbing
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The subject of this film is a very serious one. Whether it's lbgt or straight youth, unfortunately, the result is often the same. Kids who have nowhere to live, who end up on the streets, and have to do many awful things just to survive.

The problem with this film is that it's really two different films pasted together, each one distracting from the other. One is a story of a gay/bisexual man who cheats on his wife and picks up male hookers, and the other of a young gay man living in very undesirable conditions, just to survive. It is presented that the young man has Borderline Personality Disorder. Of the two conditions, being left to fend for himself on the streets and having the personality disorder, the BPD far outranks the other in many ways.

The chances of a successful life, with the BPD are much slimmer than if he didn't have it. What I took away from the film that in the end, there were actually three different subjects in the film. Too many to have if the subject matter, gay homeless youth and it's consequences, were to be addressed well. It would have been much better to have presented just one subject and do that well.

Would have liked much more to have seen a story of several young gay guys, in the same boat, and how they navigate the difficult life they have to deal with. Leave out the other two subject for another film, BPD and the Bisexual guy. So, while the acting is pretty good in the film, the talent would have better served in a much more focused movie.
6 people found this helpful
Photo BradReviewed in the United States on July 24, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Hooked on Conor Donnally
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At the time I'm writing this review there is a major error in Amazon Prime's credits for this movie. Conor Donnally is listed as a supporting actor, but he's really the lead character in the film. This should be corrected. On to my review:

When I was a young man just out of college I experimented with some gay escorting and I found it to be a fascinating life experience. Later I became a gay adult video producer/director, so I know that world from both sides of the table. For those reasons, I’m always drawn to movies that explore the male escort/client relationship and the hidden world in which they operate.

“Hooked” doesn’t really offer any genuine insight nor unique perspective into that secretive world. Jack’s interactions with his male clients are predictable and stereotypical, but at least somewhat realistic. However, the only scene with a female client — who forces him to wear diapers and cry like a baby — appears to be lifted straight from “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo”. Ridiculous. I understand it was probably included as comic relief in an otherwise serious movie, but I believe it was a misstep that went too far.

I was very impressed with Conor Donnally as the lead character, Jack. Not credible as a 17/18 year old, but I’m willing to overlook that. Of course, he’s exceptionally handsome and hunky, but more importantly he was clearly committed to each scene — even the superficial and weak ones. It’s all about the spark in his eyes. He definitely has the “x factor” and I hope to see him in many more features to come. The other stand-out performance was by Jay Alan Christianson as Date-Rape Dan. (Apparently he’s uncredited in the movie. I’d like to know why.) He was fantastic as a creepy, coked-up slimeball client. I don’t think anyone could have delivered a stronger performance.

I try to support as many gay oriented films as I can, but I have to be honest. “Hooked” is just okay overall. Ultimately, it’s superficial and it missed a golden opportunity to explore the dramatic potential of the gay escort/client dynamic. Speaking of missed opportunities, Donnally is shown shirtless in many scenes, but only shirtless — never more. Obviously, I didn’t direct this movie! I’ll remember “Hooked” for the beauty and spark of Donnally and the brilliant, menacing performance of Jay Alan Christianson.
8 people found this helpful
Sonny BarwickReviewed in the United States on November 20, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent
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The movie is well acted for the genre; actually, the movie raises the bar for the genre and the bar needs raising. It is a beautifully portrayed story, though tragic, of what is probably a growing phenomenon of youths rejected who paradoxically are now freer to discover their true sexualities. This is quite a change from feeling compelled to repress sexual identity, ignore one’s true self, and pretend to be someone we aren’t like so many of us who were born prior to the 70's. I haven't fully discovered who had the hardest time: those of us who had to repress our sexual identity to find a place in this world and consequently endure the lifelong plethora of crises accompanying such even though we might be free now; or these beautiful young folk of today who've been allowed by societal convention to be themselves and at the same time be rejected by society nonetheless. Kudos to this movie and please make many more of them.
11 people found this helpful
Michael T.Reviewed in the United States on November 29, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Life of a male husler
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I gave this a 5 because of the work this film is supporting. The film is well done except for the plot the two young guys I get . The older guy I do not. His motivation, is what, why is he doing what he is?He has taste, money, why is he picking up a cheap street hustler? Also I do not like drinking or using drugs. While it is a part of out culture it needs to stop particularly in the gay world. Which is why I don't go to gay bars. It is also hard to believe that a street wise hustler does not know how to defend him self when attacked. A good effort, for a good cause but lacking content
9 people found this helpful
David C. Lauri Jr.Reviewed in the United States on September 17, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Fine but not terrific
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I'd heard of this movie during its development, so when it popped up as an included with Prime choice, I watched it. I'm not sorry I watched it, but it's not a terrific film.

The main theme of the film — what young queer kids thrown out of their homes for being gay have to deal with — is an important issue and the best part of this film. Of course there are sex workers who like their jobs, but probably not most homeless kids in that kind of work. Jack's cute but just because he's cute and fit doesn't mean he has it easy.

I liked Tom as well, and showing what he has to deal with in the shelter seemed fairly realistic, albeit with a staged humorous twist.

Ken's storyline didn't seem relevant or believable. Queer men marrying women to remain in the closet probably still happens but that's a pretty dated theme, and a woman these days would have to be very sheltered indeed to believe that a man could change who he is for her. Ken has plenty of money and as a older man could very conceivably hire Jack — and the story of why older men hire sex workers could have been interesting — but this film didn't try to tell that story.

The lack of believability hurts Hooked. You can enjoy this movie but you'll have to work to suspend your disbelief at times. Yes, men sneak around on computers but in bed right next to their wives who can sleep through anything? Jack forgot his phone charger but can't borrow or buy one? Play a game and count up the little unbelievable things that start to add up.

For a film student, this would be a good attempt. Looks nice, decent casting, dialogue could have been a bit tighter. Pacing needs to be picked up — you don't need to pad in order to come in at exactly 90 minutes. And the ending plotwise wasn't horrible but film students, like novelists, need to learn to show and not tell — no, don't end a film with a voiceover! Ending this movie with the last scene and no voiceover might actually have made the film stronger, with a little ambiguity as to what actually happened next.

Hooked probably would get a film student a passing grade, but not an A. It's a decent enough film to include in LGBT film festivals, but not best of the festival. Already have a Prime account and want to watch a gay film? Sure, Hooked works.
CarmenReviewed in the United States on August 7, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great overall mov&3
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It was a movie I was reluctant to watch not because of the gay theme, but the whole prostitution thing. I always am personally turned off by making everything a “save me I’m a prostitute” love story. Felt that there wasn’t much that could be said about it. Also didn’t want to give it a chance because of the whole drug thing. Both on my ignorance of how much it happens and how it ends up happening. In the theory I know, but seeing it portrayed in such a manner that it explores the thoughts behind the actions is something I haven’t seen done often. It want your basic love story. It wasn’t your basic gratification of sex scenes (which would have been okay- and liked-, but not fundamental to the storyline). I’m so glad I gave this movie a chance. It opened my eyes and taught me a different way to look at things. For example I’d automatically treat someone with an attitude such as Jacks harshly. But knowing how he got to that point (being manipulated and lied to so often) I understand not only his reasons for not trusting, but also his reactions to finding out people lied to him. He was never taught that it was okay to not be perfect, that it’s okay to make mistakes or give people second chances to do better.

Simply put, I really liked the entire story line. Loved the acting. Great scene selection, it appeared to have a bigger budget than a lot of gay films (I watch a lot lately). And therefore they were able to give a better backdrop which provided for better acting and production values.

If anyone is on the fence about watching a gay film because their too “in your face” then this one is the one to watch. It’s informative without being preachy.
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mobikiReviewed in the United States on February 10, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
the ending is a jaw dropper!
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this movie was exceptional, and very well done!!! the story is a sad truth but the ending is sooo worth watching it.
very thought provoking and real life drama plays out in this movie about a young guy who is living a gay life. kicked out by his parents, and living as a hustler.

i loved this movie becasue it was so real and honest and truthful about peoples lives and how they are affected by homosexuality, and our human nature.
i recommend this movie to young people of all ages to better understand that we as humans NEED TO LOVE PEOPLE AS HUMAN BEINGS.
this movies is not for children as it does contain violence, blood shed and large amounts of abuse and language throughout.
it is Def. worth the watch and i am glad i do so.
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