October 17 – 19

95 MIN

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Straight Up follows the not-so-straightforward journey of Todd as he attempts to find happiness while navigating romance, sexuality, and OCD. When he decides to date women, he meets Rory, his soulmate in almost every way. Unsure whether it’s his sexuality or OCD that makes relationships so complicated, Todd and Rory each struggle with the desire for more than the other can give. Meticulously symmetrical and beautifully color-coordinated visuals (realized by writer, director, and star James Sweeney) flood the film as it explores the confusing reality of sexuality and relationships. Quick-witted and at times, heartbreaking, Straight Up is a clever take on a modern rom-com without what makes it messy: sex. -EM