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Those People is a 2015 romantic drama written and directed by Joey Kuhn.

Those People follows young New York art student Charlie (Jonathan Gordon) as he's torn between his long-held feelings for his best friend Sebastian (Jason Ralph) who he's helping through a personal tragedy, and the chance of a new relationship with classical pianist Tim (Haaz Sleiman).

Tropes used in this film:

  • Abusive Parents: Sebastian and Tim.
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  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Charlie to both love interests. He's rejected both times - Sebastian in the film's middle and Tim at the end.
  • Artists Are Attractive: Charlie and Tim (painter and pianist respectively) share an instant chemistry.
  • Betty and Veronica: Even though he's known Sebastian much longer, the more stable, reciprocal relationship Tim offers makes Tim the Betty.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Charlie and Sebastian reaffirm their friendship and Sebastian has come through his depression, but Charlie ends the movie single, and Sebastian is about to leave New York.
  • But Now I Must Go: At the end of the movie, Sebastian is done with New York and eager to start a whole new life somewhere else, not too long after Tim has departed for a pianist gig in San Francisco.
  • Character Development: The movie is about Charlie letting go of unrequited love. At the end of the film when Sebastian is no longer The Muse in his paintings, we can see he's done so.
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  • Club Kid: When he's in a good frame of mind, Sebastian seems to be one at least occasionally.
  • Coitus Interruptus: Charlie waits until Sebastian has started hooking up with a date in his room before declaring his feelings.
  • Did Not Get The Guy: In the end, Charlie ends up with neither. Sebastian doesn't end up returning his feelings, and Tim tires of his indecisiveness.
  • Disappeared Dad: Charlie's father left him and his mother, and started a different family with someone else.
  • Driven to Suicide: Dick and almost his son Sebastian soon after until Charlie talked him down.
  • I Don't Want to Ruin Our Friendship: Sebastian has Charlie in the friend-zone. He never gets out.
  • Jerkass: Sebastian's father Dick, a Bernie Madoff-inspired financial criminal who doesn't think much of Sebastian's orientation.
  • Love Makes You Uncreative: Charlie's art seems to be better-received at the end of the movie when he's single and content with it.
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  • New York Is Only Manhattan: It's set in the upper-east side.
  • Nice Jewish Boy: Charlie is Jewish, and certainly nice.
  • Notorious Parent: Sebastian's father is so famous that after his arrest on white-collar criminal charges, Paparazzi are interested in Sebastian and he's even refused service at a bar.
  • Straight Gay: Tim especially.
  • With Friends Like These...: One girl-friend ditches Sebastian and Charlie's wider friend circle while Sebastian's in a depression. For her part, she thinks he's It's All About Me.
  • Women Are Wiser: Charlie's mother thinks correctly that Charlie and Sebastian moving in together will put a strain on their friendship.