Dog Tags (2008)

DAMION DIETZ

Bil’s rating (out of 5): BUSA, 2008Screenplay by Cinematography by Produced by Damion Dietz, Music by Production Design by Costume Design by Film Editing by .   Podcast: Bad Gay Movies.

Bart Fletcher, Paul Preiss in Dog Tags.

Two strangers are brought together by desperate circumstances:  Nate tries to get home after basic training before shipping out to serve in the army but gets sidetracked by a porn producer who tries to get him to bare all for the camera. At the shoot he is paired up with Andy, an unhappy young man who has broken up with his boyfriend and has decided to abandon all responsibility.  These guys choose to run away from their seedy situation and hit the road, first visiting the morose Andy’s famous actress mother before going back to the Nate’s mother and girlfriend in order for him to put some demons of his past behind him. The soldier’s main hangup is that he has never met his dad but thinks he knows who he is, which is the next stop for the two of them on this road movie to nowhere.  Along the way, they also pick up Andy’s baby and, eventually, act on the attraction between them.  A few competent performances (including one by ) should help this one at least be watchable, but most of the plotting is confusing and the story constantly changes its mind about the stakes that keep the actors in such melodramatic anguish. Ugly cinematography does little to help this awkward mess.

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