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Like It Is

If Roger Daltrey's presence in the cast is supposed to give authority to this 1998 drama, many of whose characters work in the music industry, the filmmakers are expecting miracles from a little in-joke. Matt, an ambitious employee of a London record company owned by Daltrey's character, meets Craig, a bare-knuckle fighter from Blackpool, outside a gay nightclub, where Craig's been hanging around reluctant to enter—the deepest metaphor in this stodgy story. They fall in love, then become victims of several plot devices orchestrated by Matt's boss—who assigns him to promote a band that includes someone Matt once had an affair with—and by Matt's roommate, a faltering pop singer who becomes jealous after Craig moves into their cozy apartment. Class differences are meant to be the big problem, but the couple seem pretty happy when they aren't being ruthlessly manipulated by other people. Paul Oremland directed a screenplay by Robert Gray; with Ian Rose and Steve Bell (a real boxer).

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