January 15, 2011

Queer Review: Another Gay Movie

Another Gay Movie features the tired approach of parodying popular movies started by Scary Movie and continued by films such as Date Movie, Epic Movie, and Meet the Spartans. In this case, the movie being parodied is American Pie. For the record, of those movies I've only seen Meet the Spartans, which was absolutely awful.

The plot of Another Gay Movie has four recently graduated gay teenagers Andy, Nico, Jarod, and Griff making a pact to lose their virginity before the summer is over and they all take off on their separate ways to college. In other words, if one does not know where this is going and how every subplot will wrap up, one has recently had a lobotomy.

To put it bluntly - as I know of no nice way of putting it - this is a crappy movie. The jokes aren't funny or clever, but rather, they are completely predictable. I knew the fate of the gerbil the second it was mentioned and knew where it was headed long before it even showed up on screen. When one of the guys finds an unattended quiche, it suffers the same indignity as a well traveled cinematic apple pie.

The characters are little more than two dimensional caricatures, each more offensive and grating then the next. It was as if the writers made a list of all the gay and lesbian stereotypes they could think of, stuck them in a blender and hit puree.

It's worth noting that, in terms of parody, there is no gay movie (that I'm aware of) that this movie was based upon. Instead, we're given an American Pie parody, a movie whose main characters were straight. Which begs the question of whether or not what was being attempted here was simply a gay version of American Pie or a parody of. If the former, I might forgive the filmmakers somewhat, if the gags hadn't hewn so close. If the latter, this is still a bad movie, but the predictability could at least be explained somewhat.

The only interesting thing Another Gay Movie does, is cast a man, John Epperson, as the wife of a bisexual husband, but the character isn't around enough for this to be worthwhile.

The film-makers are clearly trying to be as gross and outrageous as possible, but end up merely being gross and vaguely offensive. While watching, I was reminded of the infinitely superior John Waters comedy A Dirty Shame although only for the reason that both movies have a penchant for the perverse.

In my opinion, a more accurate title for Another Gay Movie would have been Worse Gay Movie Ever.

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