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      Shock to the System: A Donald Strachey Mystery

      R Released Aug 4, 2006 1 hr. 31 min. Mystery & Thriller Crime Drama LGBTQ+ List
      50% 8 Reviews Tomatometer 53% 10,000+ Ratings Audience Score After the mysterious demise of a client, private detective Donald Strachey (Chad Allen) infiltrates a therapy group for gay people who want to become straight. He takes on the group's founder (Michael Woods) to prove that his client's death was not a suicide. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Jul 26 Buy Now

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      Audience Member This is a sly, refreshingly grown-up gay entertainment, though rather less satisfying as a thriller. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Audience Member This is a sly, refreshingly grown-up gay entertainment, though rather less satisfying as a thriller. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member just ok gay dective story that feels like a made 4 TV movie. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member A bit off for this one; & getting formulaic too. And... wow... Morgan Fairchild(!). Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member Wonderfully cliched but affectionate gay-Private Eye flick. It won't broaden anyone's cultural horizons but they may find it a rather light-weight way to spent an hour or so. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member A detective movie with a coherent gay theme. Interesting! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Frank Scheck Hollywood Reporter While the idea would certainly seem to hold promise for interesting social commentary, the script by Ron McGee lacks the necessary bite, as does the rote direction of Ron Oliver. Aug 14, 2006 Full Review Nathan Lee New York Times This is a sly, refreshingly grown-up gay entertainment, though rather less satisfying as a thriller. Rated: 3/5 Aug 4, 2006 Full Review Michael Ordoña Los Angeles Times Where film noir is often punch-drunk with a jab of snappy patter and a left hook of world-weary cynicism, Shock tries to clinch with understanding. Rated: 2/5 Aug 3, 2006 Full Review Pam Grady Reel.com It's certainly a pleasant enough way to kill 90 minutes. Rated: 2.5/4 Aug 5, 2006 Full Review Maitland McDonagh TV Guide Were it not for the fact that the hero and many of the major supporting characters are gay... this breezy, disposable film could as easily have been a mainstream network pilot for a McMillan and Wife-style series. Rated: 2.5/4 Aug 4, 2006 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis After the mysterious demise of a client, private detective Donald Strachey (Chad Allen) infiltrates a therapy group for gay people who want to become straight. He takes on the group's founder (Michael Woods) to prove that his client's death was not a suicide.
      Director
      Ron Oliver
      Executive Producer
      Barry Krost, James Shavick, Paul Colichman
      Screenwriter
      Ron McGee
      Distributor
      Regent Releasing
      Production Co
      Shavick/Insight Studios
      Rating
      R (Some Sexual Content|A Violent Image|Nudity|Language)
      Genre
      Mystery & Thriller, Crime, Drama, LGBTQ+
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Aug 4, 2006, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 30, 2016
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $3.7K
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