Bil’s rating (out of 5): 0. USA, 2010. Cinema 175, Whitestone Acquisitions. Screenplay by J.C. Calciano. Cinematography by Joshua W. Smith. Produced by Michael Amato, J.C. Calciano. Music by Christopher Farrell. Production Design by Noah C. Haeussner. Costume Design by Noah C. Haeussner. Film Editing by Cynthia Ludwig. Podcasts: Bad Gay Movies.
Flat romantic comedy beset on all sides by bad writing, acting and directing. Blaine is a blogger looking for love in the big city, a west coast Carrie Bradshaw who writes of his inability to find love because the shallow denizens of West Hollywood are only interested in hard-bodied go-go dancers like his roommate Cameron. When not feeling sorry for himself in coffee shops, Blaine goes online in search of romance and meets Xander, a twangy Texan who has only recently arrived in L.A. and is looking to make new friends. The boys immediately connect over the phone, but the prospect of love is ruined when Blaine realizes that he was accidentally logged into the dating site as Cameron and Xander thinks Blain is a hot muscleman and not his plain old self. Romantic complications ensue, but they’re mostly unintelligent contrivances that rarely make sense, and it doesn’t help that the main character, who is actually attractive and has no reason to be so self-defeating, is a mean and petty person. As is often the case with this sub-genre of gay-themed movies set in sunny Los Angeles, there’s a hypocrisy about sexual themes that exploits an audience’s desire to see pretty boys out of their clothes while telling us that only people who want a deep, soulful connection deserve love and happiness. Giving a good performance with such a bad script is almost impossible to pull off, but Adam Huss stands out for at least never seeming uncomfortable or confused, his character a wonderfully rational presence among so many unnecessarily intense people.