Walk A Mile In My Pradas (2011)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): 0.  

USA, 2011.  , , .  Screenplay by , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Tom Archdeacon, Rick Karatas, .  Music by .   Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Podcast:  Bad Gay Movies

Concept comedy when performed with such ineptitude is very painful to watch, as one learns when enduring this failure.  Tony is an uptight homophobe working a renovation job on a celebrity’s house who is appalled when he finds himself in the company of gay interior decorator Steve.  Bullying him with his taunts and slurs, Tony faces off with Steve at a Christmas party and they make comments at each other that have a magical effect:  Steve tells Tony that he wishes he were gay so that he could realize what a jerk he is, and Tony tells Steve that he wishes he were straight so he could realize how disgusting he is, and the angel on top of Tom Arnold’s tree makes it happen.  The next morning these guys wake up and they have switched sexual orientations, with Steve suddenly very interested in boobs and handling lumber, while Tony is having fantasies about the male model in late night workout infomercials.  It should be the sort of the thing whose silliness is its best asset, trading in the comic stereotypes that this genre requires, but the confusion between satire and sincerity, along with some very bad direction and acting (from a cast that includes such luminaries as and ) makes it remarkably limp.  The script can’t even decide how to handle the magical transformation, with Tony somehow able to resist his gay longings since he’s still straight on some level, while Steve seems to have no issues leaving his gayness behind and sexually harassing his female friends; sexual orientation is, according to this film, something one does and not something one is.  Why not go full Freaky Friday and actually have these guys switch bodies?  Do yourself a favour and avoid this one.

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