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Looking: The Complete Series + Movie

 Review by Suzanne Lanoue 11/14/16

I watched the first episode of this when it began on HBO. I really didn't like it all that much because it moves very slowly, and I had trouble remembering which character was which. I had expected it to be good, like "Queer As Folk," and I already liked two of the actors, Jonathan Groff and Murray Bartlett, from their work on soap operas.

It seems I'm not the only one that felt that way, since the show only lasted 2 years. I know that the critics raved about it, but it was just not interesting enough. I think they were trying so hard to be "real" that they made it too real. Real life is boring.

However, if you have some time to spend, and you don't mind some slow-moving stories, you may enjoy the characters. I know the show has a lot of fans who were disappointed when it ended.

Thankfully, they did make the movie to tie up loose eneds. The Blu-Ray is a good quality DVD with 16 audio commentaries by cast and crew. It has not just the series, but also the movie. It's a shame there isn't anything else, though. Personally, I don't listen to audio commentaries. I would rather have behind-the-scenes videos, gag reels, character profiles and such.

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stunningly honest"
- US Weekly

"One of the sweetest
and most romantic
shows on television"
- The Huffington Post

The Complete Series

Debuts on Blu-ray & DVD
November 15, 2016

New York, N.Y., August 11, 2016 - Unlike any show out there, the HBO series Looking focuses on current gay life in the Bay Area and on themes that everyone, gay and straight, can relate to: falling in love, finding professional fulfillment, forging an identity in a complicated world, and searching for happiness. Critics have heralded the series as "a real beauty...a stealth breakthrough" (The New Yorker), and now fans and new viewers alike will have the chance to add to their home entertainment collection. Just in time for holiday gift giving, Looking: The Complete Series on Blu-ray Digital HD and DVD with Digital HD will hit store shelves on November 15, 2016. Both sets come with 16 Audio Commentaries from cast and crew including Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez, executive producers Michael Lannan and Andrew Haigh and many more.

Looking revolves around three 30-something friends living in San Francisco, who explore the exciting, sometimes overwhelming, options available to a new generation of gay men. Friendship may bind them, but each is at a markedly different point in his journey: Patrick (Groff) is a 29-year-old video game designer returning to the dating world in the wake of his ex's engagement; aspiring artist Agustín (Alvarez), 31, questions the idea of monogamy amid a move to domesticate with his boyfriend; and the group's oldest member, longtime waiter Dom (Murray Bartlett), 39, is facing middle age with dreams still unfulfilled. The trio's stories intertwine dramatically as they search for happiness and intimacy in an unparalleled era for gay men.

The movie picks up when Patrick, who has been living in Denver for nearly a year, returns to San Francisco for the first time to celebrate the wedding of old friends. In the process, he must face the unresolved relationships he left behind and make difficult choices about what's truly important to him as he finds himself still drawn to former flame Richie (Raúl Castillo), while being vexed by memories of his crash-and-burn relationship with his former boss Kevin (Russell Tovey).

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