Friday, March 27, 2020

Another Gay Sequel: Gays Gone Wild Review

A month or two ago, a friend and I began to discuss the merits (or lack thereof) of the original "Another Gay Movie." He contended it did a disservice to not only other gay films, but also the gay community by portraying sex-crazed queers. I disagreed. Sure, it may not have been the pinnacle of movie making, but it was fun, breezy and even funny. After all, why shouldn´t there be a gay version of "American Pie" or "Dirty Dancing"? Didn´t the LGBT community have a right to see themselves on the screen in any situation heterosexual audiences would see themselves? I then proceeded to defend the thought of making a sequel.

I wish I could take that defense back.

"Another Gay Sequel: Gays Gone Wild" has an idea in its head, but succumbs to the temptation for big, gross out humor instead of staying true to the four gay friends trying to lose their virginity. Andy (Jake Mosser), Nico (Jonah Blechman), Griff (Aaron Michael Davies) and Jarod (Jimmy Clabots) find their way to Spring Break in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where they partake in the Gays Gone Wild contest. The goal? To see which boy can rack up the highest number of fuckstamps by having the most sex.

Fully half of "Gays Gone Wild" turns out to be a sweet story about young love. Whether it be nerdy Griff and athletic Jarod coming to terms with navigating their feelings about additional sexual partners or Andy finding a potential long-term love interest, writer/director Todd Stephens has an actual moral core he wants to build his story around. If he had the ability to tone down the alleged comedy by a notch or two, there´s no doubt in my mind the film would have turned out better. Instead of pulling back, though, the script goes hog wild into full-fledged hyper-sexual, ultra low brow potty humor.

It wasn´t bad enough Andy´s father (Scott Thompson) introduced his son to anal beads in the first film. Or various sizes of butt plugs. No, in this installment, he and Andy run into one another…with Dad in leather gear and a jock strap. Later on, they engage in some foreplay (unbeknownst to Andy, of course), resulting in a gratuitous sequence featuring projectile vomit. Not a little bit of it. A lot of it. All over a bed. All over Andy and Dad. Just…everywhere. Though he doesn´t say it, I´m sure Stephens intended this to be humorous, not offensive.

The swings "Gays Gone Wild" takes are wildly unpredictable. In one moment, Griff, Jarod and gay porn star Colton Ford are engaging in a fuck chain. Turns out the vapid Jasper (Will Wikle) has replaced their lube with super glue, resulting in…well, just think about it. The next moment, flamboyant Nico engages in a tender moment with Stan the Merman (Brent Corrigan). Why is it the script can never be happy being one thing? Why does it feel the perverse need to whip the audience around into such a frenzy no one knows which way is up anymore? Is there even a point?

At least with the original, the goal of having sex for the first time was rooted in reality. Here, the goal is to have as much sex with as many different people as possible all in an attempt to win some silly prizes…including a socially acceptable, buff man. Competing with the four guys we´re supposed to root for is Jasper, Jasper Chan and Jasper Pledge, the latter two are basically leaches who grovel at the lead Jasper´s feet. He personifies everything wrong with gay culture, from an unhealthy body image (he´s impossible skinny) to prizing only sex and flesh and acting like a complete queen. In fact, the entire gay community is done a disservice by the stereotypes presented here.

Just about the only positive gay portrayal is that of Luis (Euriamis Losada), Andy´s love interest. He becomes mixed up in the shenanigans only once, allowing the character to remain blissfully pure. There are morals at play for Luis: it turns out he´s a virgin. Of course, his sexual non-history flies in the face of the Gays Gone Wild contest. It leads Andy to a moral dilemma, one another script would take more time with. Likewise with Nico´s feeling of rejection and the decision for Griff and Jarod to open their relationship. These ideas are glossed over in order to showcase Perez Hilton.

The less said about his subplot, the better. Or the gratuitous cameo spots from RuPaul, The Lady Bunny and the aforementioned porn stars. I won´t even mention a dream sequence with a musical number featuring watersports, the product placement coming in from every direction, life sized pubic crabs, the four boys sporting erections in the same bed and every movie homage Stephens felt a need to include.