Pit Stop

Pit Stop

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Openly gay Ernesto and closeted Gabe grapple with the sad tribulations of being gay in a small, working-class Texas town. A truly uplifting love story about male intimacy, the heartache of unsuccessful relationships, and the transformative power of love.
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1 videodisc (80 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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Franln Jun 12, 2017

A well done movie in general. The 2 protagonists don't meet until the end of the film & it would have been nice to see them connect a little sooner.

LovelyMurrell Sep 08, 2015

this was ok. It makes small town texas gay life is so bleak. It can be, but not always, especially if there is a gay bar near by (driving and hour or more to get some place is nothing to a texan).

This movie is one long chracter study and I hated that about it. the dudes didnt even meet till the last 15 minutes of the movie. they lived happily ever after......... I guess. this movie is typical wolfe movie quality so its not too bad,but maybe have another better movie to watch later

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MeaninglessBark
Mar 29, 2015

Though not all that memorable Pit Stop is worth a watch if you're a fan of indie queer cinema. It's an interesting character study that can hold your interest while watching but is ultimately forgettable. Its forgettable aspect may be due to how true-to-life the film feels, it's not very dramatic and it doesn't come to any Hollywood ending. Still, it's nice to see a film dealing with modern gay men who aren't mainstream gay culture stereotypes and a story that isn't more soft-core schlock.

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dogsville
Mar 03, 2015

All but one character was weak. Filming looked like it came from the 70's. Honestly I did a rare thing and finally gave up half way through.

Froster Dec 15, 2014

You know what, it’s depressing to be a Gay man in small-town Texas. (Surprised?) One is generally stuck in former relationships (wives, for example, or diner waiters) for longer than strictly necessary. And finding love is more difficult, because there’s simply less choice. (It helps to be hunky, of course. And to have a decent computer for online dating). Although this movie is lovingly observed and beautifully acted, the gist of it is no more complex than just outlined. Pass the “Finding Nemo” dvd.

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Nursebob
Dec 05, 2014

In a blue collar Texas town two gay men deal with love, loss and longing. Forklift operator Ernesto’s former boyfriend lies comatose in a nursing home following a car accident two years ago and Ernesto still sits by his bed reading him Cosmo articles and reminiscing. Meanwhile his current ex is living in the spare bedroom and bringing home sex dates; a situation Ernesto finds increasingly intolerable. On the other side of town contractor Gabe is helping his former wife raise their six-year old daughter while pining away for the man that left him a few months earlier. When Ernesto and Gabe finally do cross paths sparks don’t exactly fly, but a slow ember is definitely ignited… Sound like the making of a queer chick flick? Guess again, for in the capable hands of writer/director Yen Tan what could have been a superficial weeper actually becomes a subtle and low-keyed slice of life as two lonely men slowly gravitate towards one another despite a beautifully enigmatic ending to remind us that nothing in life is ever certain. Believable performances all around (the male leads are almost too gorgeous) are further enhanced by a background score of soft country-western ballads and a simple script free of bitchy drama. From the pains of breaking up to the steamy scenes of first-time sex there is nothing here that we can’t relate to and Tan knows exactly when to stroke the heartstrings and when to simply let his characters breathe—there are no weeping close-ups or crashing violins here. A slow-moving ensemble piece filled with heavy silences and uncomplicated emotions that rings truer than Brokeback Mountain ever will.

jmmason Mar 31, 2014

I've seen dozens of gay movies recently. The best ones, the ones with intelligence and depth, are invariably foreign-made. My current favorite is a small-budget indie from Marco Berger called "Hawaii." This film, Pit Stop, about gay guys in a small, boring Texas town certainly lives up to that description. I can't rate it very high as I didn't think it was interesting. The TV show "Looking" seems to cover the same ground with more panash.

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roystreet
Mar 25, 2014

One of those unexpected pleasures. Within the limits of a small budget, everything -- script, direction, actors, music and photography -- comes together to produce a remarkable film. This is a film about relationships: every character is in one way or another caught in a love that's going no-where; and the beauty of the film lies in the humanity and integrity with which he or she comes to terms with the situation. By the end, we feel we've been granted a glimpse of each heart. As a bonus, the final minutes feature what must be one of the most beautiful love scenes ever captured on film.

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petehoover98118
Mar 17, 2014

I've been gay in a small, working-class Texas town in central Texas. (The small town turns out to actually be Austin, a gay mecca)
I never had the feeling that life was as boring as this movie makes it appear. In fact, pretty much the opposite. Texas is surprisingly comfortable for gays. Not what you'd expect, but it is.

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