Another Gay Movie (2006)

DVD Cover (TLA Entertainment)
Todd Stephens Todd Stephens
Michael Carbonaro Michael Carbonaro
Jonah Blechman Jonah Blechman
Jonathan Chase Jonathan Chase
Mitch Morris Mitch Morris
Ashlie Atkinson Ashlie Atkinson

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Genres: Comedy, Gay & Lesbian Films, Parody / Spoof
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Review by bluemeanie
Added: September 28, 2006
Over the past five years or so, TLA Releasing has been churning out countless motion pictures aimed at the gay community. Most of them stick to the same release strategy, starting out with limited release across the country, followed by a quick path direct to DVD shelves. Very few do well enough financially whilst in theatres, but the gay community typically eat them up on DVD, easily covering the costs of making the film, marketing the film, and packaging the film. Director Todd Stephens is no stranger to this system. In fact, in 1998, he released one of TLA's first films to follow this comprehensive strategy, the quirky, sweet, and almost forgotten "Edge of Seventeen", a film that helped me extensively as I grew up gay in rural Alabama. Since 1998, gay related cinema has come a long way, given an added boost by "Brokeback Mountain". Now, gay cinema can be seen in just about every mid to major city in the country. "Another Gay Movie" is the latest film to come from TLA Releasing, and it is the latest film from director Todd Stephens, whose "Edge of Seventeen" was one of the coolest and most affirming gay related films of all-time. "Another Gay Movie" is a departure in that all it wants to do is have fun, shock audiences, and make people laugh.

Following the same formula as "American Pie", only with gay guys instead of straight ones, "Another Gay Movie" follows four friends as they seek to lose their virginity before the big Summer bash. Andy (Michael Carbonaro) is the Jason Biggs character. He has a sexual fascination with his high school teacher (Graham Norton), masturbates to a startling degree, and always seems to get caught in lewd situations by his parents (Scott Thompson & Lypsynka). Nico (Jonah Blechman) is the flamboyant one, who almost has sex with Richard Hatch, dresses like Cyndi Lauper, and doesn't seem to come off as 'gay' to his mother (Stephanie McVay for "Edge of Seventeen"). Jarod (Jonathan Chase) is the jock, who wants to be on top more than anything, always draws the attention from the hottest guys, but seems to want something more. And, Griff (Mitch Morris) wears glasses, looks a little pasty, and has a secret crush on one of his best friends. The film follows the four of them through just about every gay situation imaginable, and some that one would never want to imagine in a million years. We see Andy's dream come true when he is featured on his teacher's kinky webcast. We see Jarod's attempt to 'enlarge' a portion of his anatomy go horribly wrong. And, we see a loud and eccentric bulldike named Muffler (Ashlie Atkinson) say and do things that would make most people turn away. She is the Sean William Scott character in the film.

Though the gross-out humor is on full blast here, something that made me despise "Date Movie" and several others - "Another Gay Movie" has too much heart to let that get in the way. Everyone in this film looks like they are having a blast, and that rubs off on the audience (no pun intended). I found myself laughing hysterically at so many scenes in this film, as when a porn star overdoses on ecstasy and is revived by paramedics, only to get back up and immediately start dancing again. "Another Date Movie" works as a slapstick, as a teen comedy, and as a gay themed comedy. It covers all of those bases equally. Of course, this film will likely not appeal to many individuals outside of the homosexual community, but I honestly don't think that was the point. Todd Stephens has made a film that should give most gays an entertaining night at the cinema. He has dropped the serious nature of his previous films and turned his attentions to parody and slapstick. Good work.

In terms of performances, most of the actors here are quite likable, especially the four leads. Mitch Morris does a fantastic job, turning out to be both the most likable character, as well as the most attractive, despite his pastiness. Michael Carbonaro also plays the Jason Biggs character quite well, even better than Jason Biggs most of the time. Graham Norton was over-the-top in his role as the S & M obsessed teacher, Richard Hatch was gloriously hideously nude in his few minutes on screen, and Stephanie McVay has a nice little scene where she hilariously mimics a scene from her previous Todd Stephens film "Edge of Seventeen". I think I might have been the only person in the audience who got the joke and laughed heartily, but that makes it even more enjoyable. "Another Gay Movie" was a very entertaining film and far better than I ever would have imagined.

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