Is It Just Me?
It is the small indie gay romance film that could. Is It Just Me? features Nicholas Downs who plays the shy, awkward, pessimistic, homosexual character named Blaine Watson. Blaine finds out that it is not always easy to find what you are looking for.
Blaine is your classic hopeless romantic. He just wants to find someone to get to know, he is not just looking for sex but rather a relationship, which you learn right from the beginning. The film’s title is explained within the first five minutes of the film. Blaine honestly thinks he is the only one that is not in it just for the sex.
Just when he feels like it is impossible for him to meet such man, he finds someone online who appears to be looking for a relationship as well. They quickly move their correspondence from online to the phone. That goes very well talking for hours and hours on end. Saying they hit it off would be an understatement. Everything seems too good to be true for Blaine, but like saying goes, “if it’s too good to be true than it probably is”. Which Blaine finds out when the new boyfriend thinks it is his roommate that he is talking to. This is when the film begins to get real interesting.
Blaine’s roommate Cameron (Adam Huss) is an extrovert go-go dancer who looks more like your stereotypical jock. In essence, Cameron is the complete opposite of Blaine. Which you then can’t fault Blaine for becoming worried that is newfound perfect match would not pick his brain over Cameron’s brawn.
Is It Just Me? mostly suffered from inconsistency, there were times where the dialogue was delivered poorly but at times it felt spot on. The acting did not suffer from such inconsistency, however, that is not to say it was all good.
In fact, the main character, Blaine, seemed as if he were reading the lines instead of acting out the lines. What was supposed to be shyness and awkwardness came out underwhelming and forced. Thankfully, the other two supporting characters really outperformed the main character’s role.
Is It Just Me? was written, directed and co-produced by J.P. Calciano, who did a pretty outstanding job even though as a whole it was not emotionally attaching. I still found myself waiting to see what happens next. And even though the ending is somewhat predictable, it was still quite enjoyable.