Broken Hearts Club, The
| Our Rating:
L Factor: Minor lesbian characters
Short Take: Comedy about gay men in West Hollywood.
Duration: 94 min
|Director: Greg Berlanti
Writer: Greg Berlanti
Starring: Ben Weber, Timothy Olyphant, Matt McGrath, Zach Braff, Nora Burns, Dean Cain, Chris Payne Gilbert, John Brandon, Diane McBain, Robert Peters, Billy Porter, John Mahoney, Nia Long, Mary McCormack, Justin Theroux
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The Broken Hearts Club revolves around the lives and loves of a group of gay men in West Hollywood: a hunky actor, a cynical guy, a photographer with the eye for something more, a drama queen, a punky guy, a wannabe intellectual, and a new kid just coming out of the closet. All are looking for love, but for the most part are unhappy about their lives.
The friends hang out and kvetch together, work at the same restaurant, play on the same softball team, go to the same parties, and support each other when they need to. Thrown in is a lesbian sub-plot – the dreaded lesbian baby theme. Patrick (Ben Weber, Kissing Jessica Stein) is one of the guys in the group. His sister Anne (Mary McCormack) is a lesbian, and she and her partner Leslie (Nia Long, If These Walls Could Talk 2) approach Patrick for a sperm donation. He eventually agrees, and we get to see the mandatory masturbating at the clinic scene and bonding over the sonogram. Nothing to get too excited about. (AB)