›› The Gays
a film by T.S. Slaughter.
2014 | 67 mins | US.
principal players: Chris Tanner / Bob Gay-Paris, Frank Holliday / Rod Gay, Mike Russnak / Alex Gay, Flip Jørgensen / Tommy Gay, Matthew Benjamin / Chris, Roberto Larancuent / Billy, Eugene the Poogene / He-Suk, Robert Smith / Dr. Merrin, Joshua Weigand / Tony, Nicholas Wilder / Kevin and Danny Aksenov as the Bound Boy, Sleeping Adonis and the Bathhouse Patron #1.
Official Synopsis: "Wouldn't it be great if your parents taught you how to hold your own in a fag-eat-fag world? Rod Gay and Bob Gay-Paris are the streetwise gay mentors you never had. Come revel in the raunchy wisdom they pass along to their two gay sons - Alex and Tommy - advice that will empower the boys to bend the world over, lube it up and snap one off!"
Having recently reviewed Sebastián Miló's powerful take on boarding school bullying, that is Camionero, perhaps it's only right to lighten the mood and cast a critical eye over a film that takes itself far from serious and this, the second feature from writer and director T.S. Slaughter of Skull & Bones fame, is certainly that. Indeed the word "wacky" just does not do it justice. For this is gay Jim, only unlike anything you're probably seen before; that of a shameless camp parody of the nuclear family.
Make the Yuletide gay, in The Gays.
Proudly gay to the core and with a deliciously dark, if somewhat gross sense of humour, this is but a vehicle for Chris Tanner's dragulicious turn as the all-embracing mother of the piece, an OTT performance - how could it be anything else?, that is comically complimented by Frank Holliday as loving husband Rod and Mike Russnak and Flip Jørgensen as her two gay sons; Alex and Tommy. Told for the main part in flashback, courtesy of Alex's bar room conversations with his latest pick-up and backed by a script that delights in keeping you guessing in which direction it will go, this is comedy of the strictly crude 'n' rude variety ... and then some.
Sure, not all of the risqué one-liners work. But that said and behind all of the lewd gags and genuine laugh-out-loud moments to be had, there's actually some serious issues being voiced, not least of which is - can you raise a child to be gay? Cue the nature or nurture debate on that one folks, one that and not surprisingly is touched upon; albeit is its own, how you say - unique way. For here the narrative turns everything on its head, with Mr and Mrs Gay going out of their way to tell their sons the homosexual facts of life, rejoicing in letting them know all of the ins and outs - every pun intended, of all things gay, only to punish their son - sexual sling style, for NOT taking advantage of a friend during a sleepover. True, the acting will never win an award, at least not one of any worth, yet somehow it works with a film of this nature, one that when not talking about the male member, is showing it off in all of its full, if at times sexually explicit monty.
Certain to offend some, yet equally guaranteed to delight others, this is a wickedly outrageous comedy that you shouldn't like, but and frankly in some surreal kind of way, you just do. Naughty 'n' nice, kind of goes without saying.
Gay Visibility - overt.
Nudity - the explicit monty.
Overall - file under ... subjective.