Gay Movie (*1/2)
review by Jon
Four gay teenagers have just graduated from High School. Determined
not to go off to college the virgins they are now, they make
a pact to sleep with someone outside of their small circle
of friends before the big Labor Day bash at Muffler’s
house. They establish the ground rules and their preferred
placement (top or bottom), then it’s off to the sexual
races. Each of the four is out there looking for something
specific, and of course they’ll come across the kinds
of guys they find attractive. But can they close the deal on
Sound similar to “American Pie?” Well, it should.
This movie is a spoof that straps on the gay face to many of
the situations you find in that film that begat a wretched
franchise. This film just begets wretched jokes. If you’ve
never seen “American Pie,” that’s okay. I
don’t think it will make any of the jokes funnier. It’ll
only help the premise seem less familiar. Spoofing a movie
so directly like this means it practically writes itself. Unfortunately,
writer/director Todd Stephens still apparently got lazy. I
think the movie probably would have been better if they kept
the picture of “American Pie” and pulled a “Mystery
Science Theater 3000” by dubbing over the audio to turn
it into a gay movie.
Instead, what we get is a lame rehashing of familiar scenes
with a hard gay twist. Evidently what this means is that the
gross-out humor is increased tenfold. The movie is extremely
crude, occasionally disgusting and simply out for shock value.
That’d be all well and good if it were funny. It also
doesn’t really fit with the same tone of the movie it’s
trying to emulate. There really aren’t any intelligent
jokes to fall back on when the more vile stuff fails, and so
it just gets to be boring.
If there’s anything positive to take away from the movie,
it’s that it mostly avoids the typical tired gay stereotypes.
Out of the four main characters, only one fits into the over
the top, more flamboyant than the crew from “Queer Eye” mold.
The rest are just your standard run of the mill high school
students that also happen to be gay. It’s a good way
to present them within a horribly presented film. Granted,
I may not be the target audience for this movie, but I still
would have liked it if it were either more original or just
plain funnier. The gay celebrity cameos didn’t do it
for me either. I just hope “Another Gay Movie: Band Camp” is
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