Testosterone.The title says it all. This one is all about men—their lust, their desire…and their ability to totally to let their feelings play out through hardcore physical contact.
It's dark, it's bizarre, and it keeps you wondering what's going to happen next, and when the sex is going to start. No one's motives are clear in the film, including Dean's, which keeps you interested, because you're not really sure if you should even be rooting for this spurned lover. The cast of men is painfully gorgeous. Sutcliffe oozes dangerous, dirty sensuality, and Antonio is, well, Antonio (that's a good thing). There are wonderful whiskered, sweaty close-ups of men making out. Antonio exposes it all in a freeze-frame worthy flash that leaves you wondering, "was that thing REAL???" And the women are diva-esque. Mother (Sonia Braga) has competition in the always loveable Jennifer Coolidge, who has a small role as Dean's editor. And Sofia (Celina Font) is also beautiful and strong. And to top it all off, the film has a plot that avoids any gay clichés, making the sexuality almost completely incidental. It's refreshing to see gay characters doing all the sick things heterosexuals do in fictional movies, and just like their hetero counterparts, not having those psychotic acts being linked to their sexuality. No gay cheer to be found here. Just some good old dark humor with gay porn sensibilities. And no cliché tragic ending. It's dark and sick, but it's not tragic.
DELETED SCENES—three scenes, including an alternate ending. This feature promises Antonio's strip tease on the DVD case—but it's a waste up—I mean—waist up strip tease. This is just part of a pretty hot bathhouse scene that is very Queer as Folk. There's a cut scene of two gay tourists at a cemetery. While it's actually sort of funny at one point, it also comes across as rather "anti-femme," which is why it was probably left out. While the movie goes nowhere near that realm of gay sexuality, it also never pokes any fun at it. And finally, there's a really over-the-top alternate ending that was rather funny but really would have changed the final tone of the film.
RAGING HORMONES: BEHIND THE SCENES—in this 19 minutes featurette, the director, cast and producers discuss various aspects of the film and we also get some behind the scenes glimpses during shooting (some of it is excessive). Topics include adapting from the original novel (which I now want to read), filming in Buenes Aires, and, of course, keeping with the man-loving aesthetics of this film, mention of all the hot men one can come across (so to speak) in Argentina. By the way, some of the crew did not speak English, so their comments are subtitled.
OTHER STRAND TITLES—trailers for Swoon, Proteus, Iron Ladies II, Twist. I've reviewed three of the four of these films. Take a guess which three.