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All that "first mainstream gay movie" hype for The Broken Hearts Club got us thinking about Trick, a 1999 independent film that took the boy-meets-loses-gets-girl formula and gave it a boy-meets-boy spin. Trick has a winning cast, with Christian "Dimples" Campbell in the starring role, John Paul Pitoc as the go-go boy of his dreams, and Tori Spelling as the why-can't-you-be-straight high school girlfriend. Stereotypes are transcended and there's music to boot. Directed by Jim Hall, it's a lighthearted take on the pitfalls of searching for love (or at least romance) in the meat market. Trick will be shown at College of Lake County Friday, November 17, along with Edge of Seventeen, also a '99 release, about an Ohio teenager who comes out on the last day of school. Edge of Seventeen starts at 7, Trick at 9. Presented in conjunction with the college's course on "Film and Society," the program is free, and instructor Bob Coscarelli will lead a discussion after the screenings. It's at the College of Lake County, 19351 W. Washington, room D100, Grayslake. Call 847-543-2623.

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