HBO’s Looking was the series gay men deserved, but not the one we necessarily wanted at the time. It was sexy, but not as hyper-sexual as Queer as Folk. It was funny, but not as over-the-top as Will & Grace. It was touching and dramatic, but not as heart-wrenching as something like The Normal Heart. The series, about a group of gay men navigating life and relationships in San Francisco, was given the axe after its second season due to poor ratings, leaving most storylines unfinished.
For the seemingly small but dedicated fanbase, Looking is getting one last hoorah in the form of an 85-minute movie next month, and the first trailer has arrived online.
The series finale — if you can even call it that at this point — saw Patrick (Jonathan Groff) realizing he made a horrible mistake in moving in with Kevin (Russell Tovey) and regretting his choices, the big one being not fighting for Richie (Raul Castillo) when he had the chance. According to the plot description for Looking: The Movie, Patrick moved to Denver and has been living there for a year. He returns to San Francisco for a friend’s wedding, after which he must face all those relationships he left unresolved.
Watch the trailer below.
One of the big takeaways from the footage is Patrick’s buddy Agustin (Frankie J. Alvarez) and his fear of falling back into old habits. He’s presumably been in a consistent relationship with Eddie (Daniel Franzese) during this time, but he royally demolished his last relationship.
The second is Patrick and that remark he makes about possibly dating Dom (Murray Bartlett). The two initially met each other as a mutual hookup, but they eventually became friends and now, perhaps, they’ll formally get together. It’s difficult to take Patrick seriously since he seems hellbent on making all the wrong choices.
Looking: The Movie is directed by recurring series helmer Andrew Haigh, who also co-wrote the script with series creator Michael Lannan. The film will debut on HBO July 23 at 10 p.m. EST.