EVERYTHING ABOUT A MOVIE?
|BIG GAY MUSICAL, THE (director: Casper Andreas/Fred M. Caruso; screenwriter: Fred M. Caruso; cinematographer: Jon Fordham; editor: Alexander Hammer; music: Rick Crom; cast: Daniel Robinson (Paul/Adam), Joey Dudding (Eddie/Steve), Jeff Metzler (David), Liz McCartney (Patty-Maye), Brent Corrigan (Hustler), Steve Hayes (God), John Hillner (Benny), Marty Thomas (Dorothy), Andre Ward (Jose); Runtime: 90; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Casper Andreas/Fred M. Caruso; Breaking Glass Pictures; 2009)|
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
This clever anti-evangelical
musical comedy is directed by
Casper Andreas and Fred M. Caruso and stars Eddie (Joey Dudding) and Paul (Daniel Robinson). It plays to the chorus
(and those with an open mind), and is amusing, heartfelt and thoroughly
refreshing. It benefits greatly because of its energetic supporting
cast and splashy fruit colored visuals. The boys are about to open as
stars in a new off-Broadway
musical “Adam and Steve Just the Way God Made ‘Em,”... and
discover that their personal lives mirror their onstage characters. Paul
on-stage is Adam, and in his real life is looking for the perfect man.
Eddie on-stage is Steve, who in real life is dealing with how his
and his strong Christian faith can co-exist. After Paul has another bad date, he vows to
be sexually loose like the chorus boys in his show. Eddie has to
parents that he’s gay and is starring in a show that calls the bible
the “Breeder’s Informational Book of Living Examples”. This 'coming out' revelation destroys
Eddie's parents who reject him, while Paul doesn't enjoy his one-night
stand and reasons he just wants to be loved.
The pic juxtaposes the lead stage performers in
their campy show roles with their complicated off-stage lives. There
are lively musical numbers with scantly clad tap dancing angels and a
Genesis to coincide
with scenes from West Village
pickup bars and an
HIV-testing clinic. Steve Hayes makes for a charming irreverent poof God in the show,
and keeps the blasphemy all in good fun.
It resolves the boys'
dilemmas by letting us know that life gets
better for everyone once they accept who they really are, and that they
are just the way
God made ‘em. Who could
argue with that? The well-intentioned gay pic has only an ordinary
wishy-washy soap opera story, but rebounds as passable entertainment
with colorful tunes and, at times, some bouncy eye-catching swishy
REVIEWED ON 5/5/2011 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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