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A Four Letter Word - Embrem

A Four Letter Word

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A romantic comedy about sex, dating, and falling in love - with a rentboy.


"Good-natured raunchiness" The New York Times 

"One of the most entertaining films of the year!" Gay.com


“Let the Manhunt begin!” when Luke enters the gay bar flanked by his sidekicks, he doesn’t know that he is about to meet his match—in hot macho man Stephen. Awakening in a twisted heap of naked strangers, Luke heads to work at a Chelsea sex store where he is forced to face his lifestyle by his coworker Zeke, a confrontational gay crusader who will stop at nothing short of changing the world. Up the street, actor/waiter Peter is moving in with his long time boyfriend Derek. His restaurant boss Marilyn is maniacally planning her wedding, but when her AA sponsor, Trisha, declares her attraction, Marilyn’s sobriety and marriage may be in jeopardy. Smitten with Stephen, Luke considers giving monogamy a chance. He attends a sexual compulsives meeting where he discovers he is not the only nympho in New York. Luke is falling for Stephen, but it soon turns out that Stephen’s cash doesn’t flow from a trust fund; he works hard for his money—as a hustler! A relationship between a playboy and a prostitute depends on whether that is the only secret Stephen is keeping. Among party boys, monogamists, addicts and activists, Luke’s quest may unearth answers his heart is not ready to handle. The protagonists ultimately realize that being true to yourself may be the best way to deal with the many complications of A Four Letter Word called love.


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Prior to its limited theaterical release in 2008, when the film opened in 15 U.S. cities, “A Four Letter Word” played nearly 60 international film festivals around the world, picking up many awards in the process:


Fort Worth Q Cinema, June 2007:   Best Gay Feature Award

Los Angeles OutFest, July 2007:   Jury Award for Outstanding Screenwriting

Fire Island Film Festival, September 2007:  Audience Award Best Gay Feature

Festival del Sol, January 2008:   Best Male Ensemble Cast

FilmOut San Diego April 2008:   Best Screenwriting

FilmOut San Diego April 2008:    Best Actress in Supporting Role (Virginia Bryan)



“Good-Natured Raunchiness…a surprisingly endearing romantic comedy […] with low budget verve…airily directed…you won’t hear any complaints from me” Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times


“one of the most entertaining films of the year…it’s proudly gay, gay, gay…you’re in for a naughty treat…clever, sexy script and a talented cast…a labor of love – and lust!” Mark James, Gay.com 


"pacey and colorful”, Dennis Harvey, Variety


“refreshing, smart and charming film… the film more than succeeds… highly-satisfying…carrying a wonderful message…If Woody Allen were gay, this would be a film he would make!” Scott Hoffman, moviepicturefilms.com


“rich with sprightly one-liners and sexy gags…a latter-day queer wonderland!” Paul Birchall, Los Angeles City Beat


“Truth, commitment and compromise are only a few of the topics explored with hilarious irreverence in this delightful New York romp.” Robert Croan, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


“well-crafted, deceptively light-‘n’-fluffy romantic comedy…very witty and raunchy one-liners” Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer 


"Love It!...a sleek, slick and very funny comedy…[you] find yourself wanting to stay in the world that Archer and Andreas have created” Mark Peikert, HX Magazine 


“a hot ticket”, Gary Kramer, Gay City News


“a fun and frothy farce”, Robert Sims, Miami New Times


“a gaggle of gaiety”, Aaron Coleman, Next Magazine