In the Flesh | Chicago Reader

In the Flesh

Ed Corbin gives a sturdy, appealing performance as a cop torn between love and duty in this 1997 film about the growing attraction between an undercover detective and a young gay hustler. The uneven script, by director Ben Taylor, turns into a murder mystery when one of the boy's johns is killed, but the crime story functions less as a whodunit than as a test of the men's trust in each other. Dane Ritter, as the object of the cop's affection, is somewhat wooden, but Corbin's intensity and ambivalence enhance this refreshing portrait of a gay relationship sustained more by emotion than by sexual desire. Also sympathetically depicted is the gay-bar milieu, where loneliness drives the cash transactions between men and boys.

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