D+

Another Gay Movie

D+

Another Gay Movie

Director: Todd Stephens
Runtime: 92 minutes
Cast: Michael Carbonaro, Jonathan Chase, Mitch Morris

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The amateurish comedy Another Gay Movie presents itself as an alternative American Pie, a raunchy lowbrow farce about four high-school buddies who agree to lose their anal virginity by summer's end. Wouldn't a better alternative be for the movie to set its standards a little higher? The fallout after American Pie was brutal enough, with three sequels (the latest went straight to video) and a slew of puerile knockoffs that pushed PG-13 to its gross-out limits. Arriving late to the scene, Another Gay Movie coughs up the same awkward gags about coming of age via false starts and sexual humiliation, only the genuine sweetness and camaraderie that made the first Pie movie bearable has been replaced by glib self-awareness. It's the type of film where someone actually comes out and says, "Unfortunately, our lives aren't coming-of-age films where everyone gets laid in the climax." Unfortunately, that's exactly what they are—screen lives in quotation marks.

The Jason Biggs of this story is Michael Carbonaro, an overeager kid whose sexual experience has been limited to whatever his Joan Crawford-like mom keeps in the vegetable crisper. His friends, all recent graduates of San Torum High School (okay, that's kinda funny), are similarly hapless: Jock Jonathan Chase frets about his modest penis size (cue adventures with industrial-age enlarger), nerdy valedictorian Mitch Morris feels his ass is insufficiently bubbly, and exuberant flamer Jonah Blechman hasn't even worked up the courage to come out to his mother. When they make a pact to get laid before heading off to college, they're faced with a baptism by fire.

Many of the gags in Another Gay Movie adopt the Scary Movie approach to lazy spoofing: They take a setpiece made famous by another movie and do it again, only slightly more outrageously. So the pie-fucking becomes quiche-fingering, and the awkward father-son talks between Biggs and dad Eugene Levy are transformed here into bonding sessions over buttplugs and healthy anal stimulation. Here's a good litmus test: Ever wonder what would happen if Survivor's Richard Hatch met a boy who's self-administered two enemas too many? If you're curious, have at it.

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