Winning Dad (2015)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  0

USA, 2015.  , .  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Arthur Allen, , Julia Bruk.  Music by , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by Arthur Allen.  Podcast:  Bad Gay Movies.

Colby is in love with Rusty but, while his parents know he’s gay, their lack of comfort with the subject has forced Colby to keep his relationship a secret.  His staunchly religious and conservative father is the one that Colby really needs to tell, and rather than just tell him, he decides it would be best to pass his boyfriend off as a work colleague, and then trick his dad into going camping with him.  The plan backfires, however, when during a tender moment staring out at the beautiful vast wilderness, Rusty tells the dad everything, the dad verbally assaults him with a slew of homophobic insults, and Rusty retaliates by simulating the sex he has with Colby as a taunt  (you’ll find this hard to believe, but i’m actually not making this up).  Scenes chasing high melodrama without the least bit of sympathy, humour or even swagger are combined with technical ineptitude on a magnificent scale: the film includes quite a few eccentric plot twists without brandishing them proudly or encouraging a showy level of performance from the actors, all of whom are lost at sea thanks to poor dialogue and practically invisible direction.  At the heart of it all, and what really leaves a bad taste, is the unnecessarily unkind treatment of the father character, who deserves to be educated on a subject upon which he is ignorant but doesn’t actually merit the kind of deceit that is played on him here.

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