Review by Lauryn Angel
In Front Cover, ambitious New York fashion stylist Ryan (Jake Choi) is assigned to style Beijing film star Ning (James Chen). Ryan is resentful of the assignment, as he feels he was only chosen because he is Chinese-American; in turn, Ning is uncomfortable with Ryan’s openness about his homosexuality – what he refers to as Ryan’s “homo side.” An uneasy relationship turns into friendship as Ryan learns more about China and, thus, his parents, while Ning wrestles with own closeted sexuality and his struggle between advancing his career and finding love.
There is nothing particularly revolutionary about the story, and the plot is pretty predictable. Choi and Chen’s performances are what raise this film above movie-of-the-week level mundanity. The film is a pleasant distraction, but ultimately not particularly memorable.