Rating: (1 out of 5) Friday, 10/23/2009, 9:00 PM Feature presentation, $10 at Shakespeare Theatre’s Harman Center for the Arts
IF YOU’VE SEEN the first two films in the Eating Out series, you know what you’re in for here. And if you haven’t? Consider yourself lucky.
Crass wordplay passes for wit and humor in this installment, directed by Glenn Gaylord (Boychick) and written by series creators Phillip J. Bartell and Q. Allan Brocka. The plot as such focuses on a slutty fag hag and the nubile cutie she takes under wing, helping him snag the hottest man in town through a fake online profile, using her hot straight boyfriend as bait. Yes, there are full-frontal male nude shots, which may be enough for some. But the frequent shots of naked male flesh are only as titillating as the jokes are flaccid. And some of the jokes are borderline offensive, with petty swipes about the unattractiveness of Michael Stipe and Rufus Wainwright and an especially galling comparison to 9/11 in describing a dramatic unfolding of events. The film is largely humorless even with assist from noted comedic actor Leslie Jordan (Will and Grace, Sordid Lives), who plays a bit part as an underappreciated older gay man. Mink Stole, a staple of John Waters’ films, stars as an overzealous aunt, a role more embarrassing than funny.
Factor in poor acting from the eye candy, forced situations, and jaundiced and clichéd dialogue, and it adds up to precious little to recommend. In one scene, a character spites his ex by backing out of a bachelor’s auction to benefit the local gay and lesbian community center. (Which is named after Larry Craig.) ”Fuck the community,” he retorts, echoing, it seems the very sentiments of Eating Out 3.
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