July 10, 2008

Gay Sex Sequel Overlooks an Organ: Heart

By Tirdad Derakhshani, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Jul. 10--Do you spend your free time studying the history of that venerable subgenre in American cinema, the teen sex comedy?

Do you find yourself craving soft-core gay porn?

If you answered yes to both queries, then Another Gay Sequel: Gays Gone Wild!, which opens the 14th annual Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival tonight, is the movie for you.

Todd Stephens' preternaturally raunchy follow-up to his surprise hit, Another Gay Movie, which opened the film festival in 2006, reunites Andy, Nico, Jarod and Griff, who are called upon to complete a new Impossibly Gay Sexual Mission.

Except for the quartet's most oddball character, the fantastically fab 'n' fatuous Nico (Jonah Blechman), the boys are played by a new trio of actors, which is confusing for fans of the first picture.

This time the boys head out to Fort Lauderdale -- that dreamy, poetic village that each year is invaded by thousands of frat boys and their sorority-girl dates.

Nico and pals check into a gay resort which is hosting the ultimate sex contest, Gays Gone Wild. As the activities coordinator Tyrelle Tyrelle (a very tired-looking RuPaul) explains, there's only one rule: Have sex with as many partners as possible.

There follows 90 minutes of sex, sex and sex (not to mention a massive orgy involving the entire resort and an attack by a pack of killer gay zombies).

Stephens' parody includes clever references to the straight raunchfests Porky's and American Pie. But his film feels more like a collection of skits than a cohesive story. His characters aren't even half-dimensional and, except for Nico, are boorish bores.

That includes the film's celeb walk-on star, gossip columnist Perez Hilton. Hilton stars as Hilton, a super-horny gay gossip writer who gets a bump on his noggin that transforms him into a fire-'n'-brimstone-spewing Christian priest. His characterization isn't funny. It's just insulting -- even to an atheist.

Among other things, Sequel is a poor sequel. The first flick contained a touch of humanity and innocent wonder -- crammed in among the scatological references, penis jokes, sex-toy gags, and frenetic sex scenes. The sequel is a colder creature with little heart.

It's about time the world had gay sex comedies as puerile as the straight ones. But as nasty as Porky's and Pie get, they still pay lip service to ways of relating to people other than intercourse, including friendship and romance. They even contain nonsexual jokes and cultural references.

Another Gay Sequel, on the other hand, is so grotesquely obsessed with sex that 90 percent of its dialogue is about "doing it."

And that's just boring.


Another Gay Sequel *1/2 (out of four stars)

Directed by Todd Stephens. With Jonah Blechman, Jake Mosser, Jimmy Clabots, Aaron Michael Davies, RuPaul. Distributed by TLA Releasing.

Running time: 1 hour, 35 mins.

Parent's guide: Not rated (nudity, explicit sexuality, profanity, adult themes, Perez Hilton cameo)

Playing at: Prince Music Theater, tonight at 7:30 (followed by opening-night party); Saturday at 2:45 p.m.


Tomorrow in Weekend

A look at the 14th annual Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, which offers 144 shorts and features from around the world through July 22.

Contact staff writer Tirdad Derakhshani at 215-854-2736 or [email protected]


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