This one time, at gay band camp...
Starting with the teen sex comedy archetype (mostly cribbing from American Piefor its foundation,) the film recasts the story as an Abercrombie ad, loads up on gay icon stunt casting, and seasons the whole thing with nods to other teen-sex classics, as well as references to queer cinema favorites, including Mommie Dearest, Edge of Seventeen (written by Todd Stephens, the writer/director of this film) and even Get Real. The creators also made smart use of some gay porn stars, in a amusing flip-side of the T&A casting seen often in the genre the movie sends up.
The story follows four pals graduating high school as virgins, desperate to pop their cherries before heading to college. So like those infamous Pie-boys, they take up the eternal quest to get some, just from a gay perspective. Many of the more memorable parts of that teen-sex classic are represented in this gay universe, like annoyingly aggressive pal Stiffler (adapted as an even more annoying lesbian named Muffler) and the sexually-forward foreign-exchange student (here a sex-god foreign-exchange teacher played with an indeterminate accent (and disturbing appendage) by Graham Norton.) In that way, the whole affair has the feel of a Mad Magazine parody, taking the film and turning it a few degrees in another direction.
As far as the comedy goes, you have to have a taste for gay jokes to have a good time, and oddly, that includes the kind that proliferate in locker rooms. Every type of gay stereotype lives in the world of "Another Gay Movie," from the quiet, meticulous, buttoned-down homosexual to the flamingly flamboyant queen, and just about everything in between. In that way, the film is almost universal, as those who want to laugh at gay culture and laugh with it, will find something here to enjoy, including some of the crazier moments like the bathroom sex scene.
What those in the "laugh at" category won't go for is the over-the-top gay sex gags, including a ridiculous penetration with a toy better suited to hold up a table, some self-pleasuring bits lampooning American Pie in a rather obvious way, and a montage of crazy sex scenes parodying a section of Pie that I apparently missed. These will likely play better with a gay audience, but then, the straight sex play in Pie probably didn't resonant with them, so it makes sense in the context of the film.
I came into the movie expecting a campy send-up of American Pie, and in many cases, I got just that. Scott Thompson (playing something close to his Brain Candy dad) and drag superstar Lypsinka are perfect as the parents of one of our heroes, the look of the film is akin to a bag of Skittles exploding, and there's very little taken seriously. Unfortunately, the parody can get a bit lost at times, and it's obvious when it strays.
For example, we're asked to accept "Survivor"'s Richard Hatch as a desirable sex symbol (complete with a lovely look at his little Richard.) This wasn't part of the inspiration, and as far as I can tell, it's never been a teen-comedy staple. The same goes for one hero's blind girlfriend, who's adorable and funny, and whose costumes provide more opportunities for gay references. But when you spend so much of the film poking fun in such a specific way, you either have to stick to the concept, or completely change the situation (like the end of "Not Another Teen Movie.") If you don't, you run the risk of the parody losing strength, or worse, coming off as lazy or a misfire.
The audio is delivered as a Dolby Digital 5.1 track, which is strong and clear, presenting the dialogue without distortion, while the soundtrack is nice and powerful, backed by a good LFE channel that makes the bouncy dance music pop.
Almost 17 minutes of deleted scenes are available to check out, with more commentary by Stephens and Adams, including the scenes that play with the credits, this time in all their full-size glory. One in particular, a parody of an infamous scene from Trick (think "It burns!"), is worth looking for, as it includes a cut cameo by John Waters regular Mink Stole.
"Unscripted" an eight-minute Moviephone special presentation for the Tribeca Film Festival, is a high-gloss interview between Stephens and one of the stars, Michael Carbonaro. Stephens' side is something of a repeat from the commentary, but Carbonaro's comments are good, and the whole thing is done very well. It's followed by seven minutes of footage from a stage reading of the script, with most of the cast, and a few actors who preferred to remain anonymous, and thus, are blurred out. It's always interesting to see if a script works on its own, and this is a good way to figure it out.
Though there's no making-of featurette included for the film, three minutes of behind-the-scene material from Nancy Sinatra's recording of the film's theme song are found among the extras. It's a quick montage scored by the catchy theme song, making it a breezy little bonus. The disc wraps with "Pillow Talk with Grandpa Muffler," which is an odd seven minutes of audio of Stephens directs George Marcy's sex scene voiceover. It's just plain strange.
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