Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Naughty Naughty: The Raunchy, Outrageous Sex Comedy Another Gay Movie Pushes Queer Cinema into Taboo-Busting New Territory

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Naughty Naughty: The Raunchy, Outrageous Sex Comedy Another Gay Movie Pushes Queer Cinema into Taboo-Busting New Territory

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Gays have long waited for many harbingers of equality, such as hate-crime laws, domestic-partner benefits, access to marriage, adoption rights, and a raunchy gay teen sex comedy? Indeed, writer-director Todd Stephens's Another Gay Movie represents a first: a teen sex comedy that pushes the boundaries of taste and on-screen sexuality--a la American Pie, Porky's, and anything by the Farrelly brothers--with a cast of all queer characters.

The film puts a gay spin on a familiar premise, as four high school graduates--jock Jarod (Jonathan Chase), brainy Griff (Mitch Morris), flaming Nico (Jonah Blechman), and clean-cut Andy (Michael Carbonaro)--pledge to lose their anal virginity by summer's end. Outrageous, explicit set pieces involve a penis extension device gone awry, leaving one character with a taffy-esque result; a gassy enema overdose; and, in the film's most explicit American Pie rift, Andy having his way with a freshly baked quiche only to have his parents walk in and notice that he also has a live gerbil shoved up his nether regions. (The latter bit of movie magic involved a fishing line and fake gerbil tail.)

Stephens lampoons many aspects of LGBT culture with equally un-PC zeal: A diesel dyke Casanova beds every femme in reach, Andy accidentally drinks poppers, and one of the boys' would-be tricks overdoses on the party drug GHB, only to be resuscitated and spontaneously break into circuit-party dancing.

"It's great that we can be as vulgar and graphic as straights," says filmmaker Don Roos (The Opposite of Sex, Happy Endings) who's pushed a few envelopes himself. "And it's wonderful to have silly gay movies instead of [being] earnest or always showing upstanding gay role models. To see people behaving badly, or gays behave in this way--that's fun. It's equality."

Stephens's previous films--he wrote the screenplay for 1998's Edge of Seventeen and directed 2001's Gypsy 83--also revolved around gay teens. The latter, a road movie involving an overweight Stevie Nicks--obsessed girl and her gay best pal, had a difficult time securing distribution. Executives, even those who loved the movie, told him it wasn't "gay" enough for pickup. "So I thought, I'll make the gayest movie ever made," he recalls. "I was really angry when I wrote it. Very frustrated. And Another Gay Movie's what came out."

Vengeance aside, Stephens, 38, had also long felt that a brashly gay teen sex comedy, targeted exclusively to a gay audience, was long overdue, so he whipped up the story with his boyfriend of 20 years, Tim Kaltenecker. "I think the audience has been waiting for a gay teen sex comedy," Stephens opines. …

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