a short film by Jaymes Thompson
2003 | 20 mins | US
›› Fruitcake
a comical take on making the yuletide gay.
Fruitcake by Jaymes Thompson Years before writer and director Jaymes Thompson opened his cinematic door to The Gay Bed & Breakfast of Terror, he could be found giving tidings of joy to all mankind, in this comical take on making the yuletide gay.

Not that sisters Catherine and Susan know the reality of the situation yet, having dutifully returned home for the seasonal family gathering, complete with their new boyfriends in hand. Namely Brent; an intern at the law firm where Catherine works and budding actor and still putting on a hetero show, Tony. All of which puts mother Jenson on-the-spot, when she finds herself with no presents to give to her potential son-in-laws. But that's nothing that a last minute trip to the local mall can't solve. Only with the house left to themselves as the Jenson clan shop till they drop, is keeping an eye on the Christmas turkey exactly what these boys have in mind?

And the answer to that is all but obvious, as here Thompson delivers what is, in essence, the opening reel to the feature that never was. And that's a shame, given the entertaining story to be had, one that in this instance is complete with some choice fantasy sequences. True it takes a while to get going, with the first eight minutes or so nicely laying the character foundation stones of the piece, before it settles down to a series of gay sequences that aptly contrast Tony's sexual openness with Brent's more closeted, conservative nature. Sadly however and like many a short film that was ripe for further development, this remains a taster of what could have been, even if here three of the cast including lead Robert Borzych as Brent, would later reunite in Thompson's debut feature. Need more be said?

Gay Visibility - overt. 
Nudity - strictly from the waist up. 
Overall - file under ... 3 stars. 
starring: Robert Borzych / Brent, Georgia Jean / Catherine, Damian Fabio Sandolo / Tony, Hilary Schwartz /
Susan, Rita Furlong / Mrs Jenson, Niloo Khodadadeh / sister-in-law with Derek Roland,
Kayla Pankow, Nick Pankow and Jim Henderson as Mr Jenson.
dedicated: To Joyce / For Fruitcakes Everywhere!
official website: www.modeanpictures.com
Copyright 2011 David Hall - www.gaycelluloid.com.
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