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4 gay men take a tough, unflinching look at themselves with the aid of sex, lies, and birthday cake.


Set in Palm Springs over the course of one character’s birthday weekend, This Is Where It Ends begins with a familiar setup – shove a handful of self-deluded people into a tight space and watch them throw each other off the walls – only to land punches that others might choose to pull.

In this contemporary riff on sex, lies & videotape, a married couple from Los Angeles, Stephen and James, invite Stephen’s brash actor friend, Kody, and James’ former fraternity brother, Ellis -- once an entitled entrepreneur, now a spiritually-minded, recovering sex addict -- for a weekend at their Palm Springs home to celebrate James’ fortieth. Unknown to Stephen, James engages in extramarital adventures with anonymous hookups and Kody, while Stephen, increasingly frustrated in his role as ornamental house-husband, finds himself first unnerved by Ellis’s blunt honesty, then drawn to his refreshing candor. As the weekend progresses, the walls come down and the gloves come off as the four men bristle under the weight of the roles all of them have played for far too long.




With This Is Where It Ends, I want to provide identification for anyone living with dissatisfaction, dishonesty, and disillusionment today – straight, gay, or anywhere in between. This won’t be another teen-coming-out fairy tale, a preach-to-the-choir lecture on external oppression, or a toothless affirmation of “It Gets Better” simplicity. If, like me, you long to see characters who resemble yourself or people you might actually know, this is the movie for you. This is gay men confronting who we are head-on – not as we’d like to see ourselves, but who we are in the real world.

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