Jonathan (Tuc Watkins), a lonely, middle-aged man, wants someone to fill a void in his life — someone who's "lost, rough around the edges and temperamental." He finds a willing partner while cruising through San Francisco, initiating a role-playing transaction with 20-something "Brandon" (Devon Graye). After a night together, Jonathan proposes a deal: more than double the money for a road trip to the Grand Canyon.
Director Nick Corporon prevents this (mostly) two-hander from veering into icky, amateurish territory. He lingers on sunsets and roadside attractions that might make you wish you were there — but the couple's relationship is built on Jonathan's disturbing drive to relive old glories. Though he's forbidden from asking Jonathan personal questions, Brandon probes about his "character" during pit stops of tense meals and painstakingly shot Polaroids. Later, sneakily, he rifles through Jonathan's things, finding clues about why they're both really there.
Graye shines as a hustler up for any physical and emotional labor (and there's plenty); he's especially compelling when flitting between pawn and accomplice in Jonathan's game. Watkins comes on strong and slowly becomes more personable, but his character's slavish reliance on recreating the past feels like whipping around a racetrack and seeing the same things over and over.