4th Man Out (2015)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5

Alternate title:  Fourth Man Out

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

Adam () is one of four friends in an upstate New York town, a shy mechanic who spends his evenings at dive bars, afraid to come out as gay to his friends while they look for girls between rounds of beer. When he finally tells his buddies the truth about himself, they have a knee-jerk reaction before the group’s unofficial alpha Chris () rallies the others around their friend and pledges support despite all the questions they have. Chris strikes up a romance with a girl he meets at a bar but whose name he forgets to take down, at the same time turning a friend with benefits situation into a real relationship; he’s tangled in his own mess while Adam suffers the awkward first steps of his life as his true self, going on a series of bad dates until the inevitable moment that he must tell his family the secret that his friends now know. Blessed with an attractive and competent cast and a feeling of sincerity throughout, Andrew Nackman’s film is marred only by his constantly shifting comedic gears, sometimes it’s a goofy comedy featuring characters who secretly take pictures of girls at bars, and live next door to a religious caricature that you would create in an improv class, other times it plays its slices of life totally straight and sincere, particularly the conflict that eventually arises between the two main best friends. At some point it becomes uncomfortably obvious that it’s a gay movie about a straight guy, as Young’s Chris is the real star of the picture, he is the one who goes on a journey of discovery, faces a conflict and resolves it, while Adam is a saintly symbol to whom the narrative simply happens as he maintains his handsome good nature. Their relationship is the one note that the film strikes exceptionally well, however, and wanting these guys to find the middle of the road ends up feeling more important than you might expect it to.

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