a raunchy take on 'playing it straight' to get the guy
In the original Eating Out, indie cinema gave us the tried and tested Hollywood scenario of 'playing it gay' to get the girl. Well in this bawdy follow-up, that premise has been turned on its head as we witness gay guy Kyle 'playing it straight' to get the guy, in the hope of getting back at OR perhaps just getting back, his ex boyfriend Marc.
Only along the way Kyle is aided by Tiffani; a man-hungry girl who likes to give in more ways than one, together with boy-loving Gwen who prefers her straight men - well gay! But as to whose side they are on is anyone's guess, given Gwen is only too happy for Kyle's ex to home in on object of desire Troy, whilst Tiffani appears to have plans of her own. And who can blame them, when the man in question just happens to have the well-toned torso of a model and a nude one at that too! But is Troy gay or straight? And frankly does it matter, when the contest to get close to his manly charms is but a backdrop on which to stage a series of raunchy one-liners.
For this is a work from the school of crude and rude filmmaking, hilarious to watch, provided - you're not easily offended. And suffice to say that here
Eating Out originator Q Allan Brocka and sequel co-writer / director Phillip J Bartell have dipped heavily into the well of vulgarity and like any good follow-up, delivered a reheated serving of the same cinematic recipe.
Thus reprising their roles are series mainstays Jim Verraros as Kyle, Emily Brooke Hands (formerly Stiles) as Gwen and Rebekah Kochan as Tiffani, alongside newcomer Brett Chukerman as the new face of the ex with feelings - but for who? Completing the acting honours are the ever delectable Mink Stole as Kyle's mother Helen, Michael
Serrato as camper than camp but 'officially straight' art teacher Neil, real life model Marco Dapper as the hunk that everyone wants and finally Scott Vickaryous as Jacob, a ’once gay, now no way’ man on a mission to make 'homos no more.' Only somehow I think this boy is going to fall off his straight ladder!
In short, you know what to expect here. Certainly not Shakespeare, but instead an all out screwball comedy, one that remixes the original themes of sexual confusion, enough man-candy to drool over and the essential getting-it-on sequence. Yet laced between such lies a message of self-acceptance, only one that remains just that, buried as it is beneath a series of visual and verbal gags, some of which miss, but more often than not hit the mark - or should that be Marc? Little else remains to be said. For if you liked the initial film, then you'll love this. And if you didn't, then perhaps this second helping is best avoided. Only if you're game for some sloppy seconds, then be sure to stay tuned to the end, given it opens with man-on-man action and closes with the same. Now just what do I fancy for afters? Menu, the waiter please!
screened as part of the 21st London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival 2007
starring: Jim Verraros, Emily Brooke Hands, Rebekah Kochan, Brett Chukerman, Scott Vickaryous, Mink Stole,
Marco Dapper, Adrian Quinonez, James Michael Bobby, Joseph Morales, Michael Serrato, Sarah Lilly, Andrew Ley, Nicholas James, Todd Mitchell, Jessie Gold
cameo appearance by series creator Q Allan Brocka as the art student on the front row