Where Regent's contemporaneous release of the transgender "Beautiful Boxer" is moving, its "Sex, Politics & Cocktails" is motionless -- in both the emotional and action senses. Where "Beautiful Boxer" is meaningful, this film is meaningless -- so meaningless, indeed, that Hernandez seems not to realize that a movie is supposed to sum to something. Whereas the universal themes of "Beautiful Boxer" could easily make that Thai film a crossover candidate for general arthouse-goers, "Sex, Politics & Cocktails" will likely find a home only in strictly gay cinemas. Starring Julien Hernandez. Directed, written and produced by Julien Hernandez. A Regent release. Comedy. Unrated. Running time: 88 min
Sex, Politics & Cocktails
Given that the same Julien Hernandez is this 2002 production's lead, director, writer, producer and editor, it would seem that the quality of "Sex, Politics & Cocktails" would rest on Hernandez's talents. Such isn't the case; except perhaps as writer, Hernandez seems to have much of what's required to be a good indie maker: He has onscreen charisma, has an eye for scenes, got the film made, and constructed the result in an eclectic manner some may find intriguing. Where this first effort from the hyphenate collapses is in the story. "Sex, Politics & Cocktails" -- putatively about a wannabe Cuban moviemaker new to Hollywood who (accidentally) discovers he's not straight -- in narrative terms offers little more than a reason for some (apparently) gay and (certainly) none-too-intelligent individuals to have their pictures taken by a moving camera.