If you have seen the trailer, you know the movie was animated. The technique used is called rotoscoping. Richard Linklater actually shot the whole movie with the real cast and then a software converted the images into the animation we see. It takes about 500 hours to produce only 1 minute of animated movie, can you believe it? So, after the movie had been shot it took an additional 18 months to finalize the animation. The result is stunning and has a perfect fit with the plot.
In A Scanner Darkly, Keanu Reeves plays an undercover cop who is trying to score a big drug bust, for that reason he befriends this small bunch of druggies. Winona provides the drug (it's called Substance D), and Keanu, Robert Downey Jr. and Woody Harrelson pop it like crazy. They are stoned most of the time and the lysergic animation gives you an idea of how the characters see and feel things. That's my take, anyway.
I always liked Winona, Woody and even Keanu (there, I admit it), but you should see this movie for Robert Downey Jr.'s performance. He plays the perfect junkie blabbermouth -- he is lost, shallow, unreliable.
Now to our gay movie review. In on scene, Keanu Reeves is in the bedroom with Lisa Marie Newmyer, and she asks about his housemates Woody Harrelson and Robert Downey Jr., who were both out playing in the front-yard. Lisa asks Keanu if they live there, Keanu says they do, and she asks whether Keanu is gay. He answers something like: "I try not to be, that's why I've arranged this transaction with you." So, he's not gay but it's not a big deal to have been asked. He wasn't offended. Both question and answer carried a pretty neutral tone...Keanu and Lisa have sex and we can see a very fast dick shot. Animated dick shot.
In real life, we are still not sure about Keanu's sexuality. It appears he denied being gay, but refuses to answer if he is bisexual or heterosexual. Anyway, his butt shots are after the jump.