Butch Camp (1996)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B

USA, 1996.  Screenplay by Alessandro de Gaetano.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Film Editing by .  

Tired of being mistreated by the world at large, meek, closeted gay man  sees an opportunity when he gets a brochure for a training program run by a loud and bossy lesbian (comedian ) that turns nancy boys into tough soldiers.   He also meets a woman () in a dive bar who takes a fancy to him, which leads to more trouble when her boyfriend () shines to him as well.

What should be an all-out, drop-down, outrageous campfest is actually just a tame comedy that does not stick to its guns.  Tenuta is barely featured and delivers her scenes all at the same pitch, while Denniston’s development into a confident young man is not effectively portrayed (there’s not enough connection between his training and his changes in his personal life) and is somewhat homophobic (it seems more like they’re turning him into a straight guy rather than a self-satisfied gay one).

There’s really not much to it, though the two lovers at the centre of the story enjoy some good chemistry.


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