Call It A Comeback

The Trailer For “Looking: The Movie” Is Ready For You Now


Good news for fans of the woefully short-lived HBO series Looking. Today, the official trailer for the full-length feature follow-up has been released, and it finds Patrick (Jonathan Groff) returning to San Francisco to find closure and resolution in his relationships with Richie (Raúl Castillo) and Kevin (Russell Tovey), but instead chaffing up against a host of new challenges, old resentments, and boilerplate advice on letting go (i.e, “Sometimes you have to leave everything behind so you can move forward.”)

Related: Where Did “Looking” Go Wrong?

Effectively wrapping up the story that was left hanging from its abrupt cancellation in 2015,  Looking: The Movie is directed by filmmaker Andrew Heigh (“45 Years”) and once again co-stars Frankie J. Alvarez as Agustin and Murray Bartlett as Dom.

Related: Russell Tovey’s “Looking” Audition Almost Put Jonathan Groff Out Of A Job

The film debuts Saturday, July 23rd at 10PM Eastern.–ifI


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  • redcarpet30

    I’ll always hold a special place in my heart for introducing me to the hot gorgeousness that is Raul Castillo, but other than that it just wasn’t that interesting, especially once it got about halfway through season two.

    And Kevin was a prick.

  • arjuna52

    Tyne Daly!

  • Latinoguy00

    Just speaking for myself here. I found Looking to be one of if not the only Television series to honestly depict a segment of GLBTQ society who are exactly like these characters. It does not have the lengthy sex scenes, language nor the need to have these among other things such as those in the Other Series , Queer As Folks, which I also loved for what it was. There is a wide and ever growing GLBTQ and straight audience from every segment of GLBTQ society of all age groups and individual experiences. This one as are some others seemed , in my opinion, to not care. This series was very well written and very entertaining. If those who found it boring that’s fine too. So maybe don’t watch it. Must you always place your personal dissatisfaction into actions that help to influence Networks to drop an Excellent Series that does appeal to many within the GLBTQ community.
    just go watch something else. Or write ,produce and pitch your own series of what exactly you want to see in a Television Series portraying a segment of our community that you find more personally entertaining and relative to your taste.
    Not everyone is going to like everything equally. There are things I wished the series would have done as well that it did not. However, for me, it was by far more real and entertaining than any other I’ve seen to date. If only the episodes were an hour long each instead of 30 minutes.
    Just this Gay man’s thoughts.

  • Paco

    @Latinoguy00: watching something else was the reason why it was cancelled. If the show creators would have listened to the critics of the show, maybe it would have been watchable for a larger group of people and not have been cancelled so soon. It only seemed to resonate with a very small sliver of the gay community that have HBO.

    My problem with the show was how the main character was a grown man-child clueless about everything. If his character had been 18 and fresh off the bus in the big gay city, then it would have made sense.

    Anyway, people complaining didn’t get it cancelled. People not watching was the reason.

  • Xzamilio

    I don’t watch TV to get real depictions of everyday life. I have everyday life for that shit. The hell do I look like watching boring, long drawn out storylines with a lead character that isn’t even the kind of person you root for.

  • Hank

    I liked this series, too bad it did not work, hardly will make another series as well.

  • Philigree

    @Paco: “My problem with the show was how the main character was a grown man-child clueless about everything. If his character had been 18 and fresh off the bus in the big gay city, then it would have made sense.”

    Really? Because it made a lot of sense to me. I guess it’s because I see a lot of people like him and I always thought it interesting to see how they go about their lives or what lead them there (something that Looking failed to show and I guess that’s the reason why it didn’t work for a lot of people.)

  • jimontp

    @Paco: You know, the main problem with the show, was how much bitchy criticism it got from gay men like you. If a TV show or movie doesn’t adhere to your strict standards of “acceptable” gay behavior it can portray, you damn it. Yes nasty, constantly negative comments from “critics,” llke you helped to get HBO to cancel the show. I don’t even have HBO- I watched it on Netflix. I’m going to a couple of films at the Frameline gay film festival this week in SF. I don’t expect the films to be perfect from my perspective. Why do you? We are supposed to be a community of LGBT people who support each other, aren’t we? Where did you decide it only has to be about you?

  • Ditamo

    It is very difficult for any show that is based solely on gay characters in their daily lives to ever have more than two seasons. Mostly because no one other than openly gay/bi men want to watch these types of series. That, in turn, makes it a really small audience, then add to that, that most people don’t have HBO to even watch it, and finally put on all the bad reviews by people who were watching it, it is surely a recipe for cancellation.

    I really enjoyed the series, and was sadly surprised that it wasn’t going to be renewed. But at the same time, it seemed like most people who commented on Queerty didn’t like the series and were glad to see it go. To me it seemed like they were shooting themselves on the foot, since most likely, the next time anyone will see anything close to this quality of production will probably be in a decade, maybe even more.

    I guess our option now are short sketch comedy like shows on YouTube. Great stuff………


  • Paco

    @jimontp: oh grow up. It got cancelled because it didn’t have the right number of viewers interested in it or enough new subscribers for HBO to justify the production cost. It’s not the first show to get cancelled for mediocre ratings. But thanks for giving me the power to sway networks to cancel shows simply because of my opinion about it.

    And any fan of the show not watching it on HBO or paying for digital episodes when it was airing were the real reason it failed.

  • Wilberforce

    I lived inside mainstream gay culture when I was young. And I was always slightly uncomfortable with it. Now that I’m older, it’s not worth the effort.
    Looking is a perfect example. Shallow, ignorant, emotionally confused characters. Yuck. I understand that TV has to go for the lowest common denominator. But this was off the dingbat scale, and hoping to make it work with JG’s pretty body. Not even he is that fine.

  • DCguy


    You’re still trying to recycle that argument? You should quote a line from a great series to yourself, “The war is over, we lost”.

    Looking didn’t resonate, the main character was 30, had been in San Francisco for a decade and acted like everything was the first time he’d seen anything. There was no indication that they were actually friends, the character of Agustin was ridiculous and nobody would have been friends with the guy, but to respond to that they gave him a complete unbelievable personality transplant. I mean I could keep going.

    When your favorite part if a series is when the leading man’s mom tells him he is a hypocritical idiot, you have a problem.

    Season 1 AND 2 both ended with the same cliffhanger ” Will Patrick pick Ritchie or Kevin”.

    And now? Patrick comes BACK to San Francisco because in TV world apparently people NEVER move on. Ugh.

  • martinbakman

    I hope Richie and Kevin have moved on. If Patrick expects to start up again after 10 years with men he’s jerked around , that would be sad.
    Richie deserves better anyway.

  • Random

    I think their main mistake was making Patrick the focus of the series as he was pretty naive, and yet quite smug at the same time; not a particularly enagaging proposition.

    Dom, on the other hand, would have been perfect as the group’s lynch-pin, as he was much more rounded and inviting as a character. I didn’t like all his storylines but he had enough depth to have carried the show, in a way that Patrick simply didn’t. Dom could have been the show’s Carrie Bradshaw, whereas Patrick was only ever really Charlotte material, at best.

  • Sluggo2007

    WOW! All this arguing over a weak, gay soap opera! How pathetic!

  • DCguy


    I think you have a great point. And you made it in the gayest way possible. By comparing it to Sex in the City.

    Well done! :)

  • Stache

    I notice that the other Cagney and Lacey star is in this. Kind of cool since Sharron Gless did QAF.

    I’ll be watching as well as I’m sure some of you bitchers just so you can bitch about something.

  • Stache

    @Paco: I was a clueless “man-child” in my twenties too so it did speak for me anyways.

  • Paco

    @Stache: The character was 30 and was out and living in SF for a decade, yet everything was new to him, including being shocked by encountering foreskin for the first time. Way too many firsts for him. I would call that being developmentally delayed.

    The naivety the character exhibited is cute in an early twenty something just stepping out into the world, but not so cute from a 30 year old man that apparently never left his apartment or viewed online porn for a decade up to the point the show started. I started young so maybe I am just unable to relate.

  • andy0529

    Looking was what I hated about SF, blah Gay men so annoying they make the Stuck up GOP closet cases in DC loveable, except for Bartlett and Tovey this show was unwatchable…and there several unwatched episodes in my DVR until I needed the space.

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