Something Like Summer (2017)

DAVID BERRY

Bil’s rating (out of 5): BUSA, 2017, Screenplay by , based on the novel by Cinematography by Produced by , David Berry, , Carlos Pedraza, , Music by Production Design by Costume Design by .  Podcasts:  Bad Gay Movies.

Ben is bullied in high school for being gay but has a crush on the school’s star athlete Tim. Determined to cross paths with him, Ben arranges to accidentally run into Tim in the park (which actually takes the form of what this movie doesn’t seem to realize is a very upsetting and violent assault) and it leads to them having a sexual affair that Tim needs to keep secret because of his reputation at school and his strict Catholic parents. Time passes, they move onto adulthood and Ben finds love with someone new and better suited to him, but Tim manages to keep popping back into his life in increasingly worrisome and dangerous ways. This unholy mess of a movie suffers from the very full roster of issues plaguing bad gay movies, from bad acting to confused direction and a fully illogical screenplay, adapting the popular graphic novel by Jay Bell into something amateurish and embarrassing. The addition of a few musical numbers doesn’t help since the songs are about as unpleasant as the characters are, while the narrative, which involves a great deal of melodrama involving people who never get past their mid-twenties, is treated with an alarming level of sincerity.

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