Shock to the System

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  • Summary: When hard boiled private eye Donald Strachey (Allen) finds his latest client dead, an apparent suicide, Albany's favorite gay detective smells a rat and decides to take matters into his own hands. (Regent Entertainment)


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  1. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    Enough action, a tiny pinch of sex and some campy moments from Morgan Fairchild.
  2. The story delivers enough twists and turns to be engaging without feeling like work, and the overall vibe is dangerous and flirty rather than brutal or excessively graphic.
  3. 60
    A sly, refreshingly grown-up gay entertainment, though rather less satisfying as a thriller.
  4. 50
    Director Ron Oliver applies a thin veneer of straight-to-cable pseudo-gloss without finding a workable tone, and the cast lacks the charisma and chemistry to make the genre and gender-bending register as more than novelty.
  5. So grimly determined to be even-handed that it never generates tension.
  6. Shock to the System demonstrates that merely subverting genre conventions doesn't quite make for compelling entertainment.
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