Anthony, played by Raphael Barker from Shortbus, is a small town guy who goes across country and moves in with Stephen, his supposed Mr. Right played by Scott Cox. Stephen is a pompous, abusive jerk, but Anthony spends most of the film suffering emotionally and physically, or complaining about his life with or without Stephen. Even meeting a sympathetic street hustler named Gavin (Adam Perez) doesn’t stop Anthony’s downward spiral as he gets into drugs and drinking.
The Stranger in Us has a confusing structure that copies (500) Days of Summer, jumping back and forth across a visible timeline at the bottom of the screen, but it doesn’t serve much purpose. Except for the handsome cast, there isn’t much reason to meet The Stranger in Us.
Review by Neil Cohen, resident film critic of Movie Dearest and Phoenix's Echo Magazine.