“Written, directed and starring Jesse Rosen, The Art of Being Straight is a touching story about a young man’s struggle with finding himself somewhere in the grey area between gay and straight. Jon (Jesse Rosen) is attracted to both women and men and has an active love life with members of both genders. He is confused and stressed.
He is also brand new to Los Angeles and is trying to figure out his life in general. Far from being too dramatic or serious, the tale has many laugh-out-loud moments and an interesting cast of supporting characters.
Andy, on whose couch Jon is crashing, is a straight dude with mega-straight buds. Another friend is Maddie. Since college, she has discovered she is a lesbian and struggling with commitment issues. Aaron is the hot, straight guy who is Maddie’s neighbor and Jon’s hot, gay boss Paul serves to bring Jon’s issues to the forefront over a glass of wine one evening after work.
People who are bisexual are, in many cases, not accepted by straight or gay communities. Everyone wants them to choose a side for some reason. Living their lives pretending to be one or the other is often referred to as “The Last Closet.”
Lifting the curtain on this still somewhat taboo subject, this film manages to show the confusion of the lead character, but also manages to remove a lot of the confusion about being bisexual. There’s no big moral message. There’s no big “ta-dah” moment. There’s no big, dramatic “coming out” scene. There’s just Jon’s natural progression of exploring his attractions, confiding in his friends and starting on the road to accepting himself.
The Art of Being Straight gently nudges you toward a slightly more enlightened way of thinking, but never in a way that makes you squirm or feel uncomfortable.”