Eating Out: The Open Weekend (2011)

Q. ALLAN BROCKA

Bil’s rating (out of 5): 0.5.   

USA, 2011, , Screenplay by , Cinematography by Produced by Q. Allan Brocka.  Music by Production Design by .   Costume Design by Film Editing by Phillip J. Bartell.

The adventures continue from Drama Camp as Zack and Benji are now an established couple who are facing the possibility of commitment malaise: Benji () wants them to open up their relationship and Zack () wants to want the same thing but is reluctant.  They give the premise a fair shot when they accept an invitation to stay at a gay resort that promises no end of naughty fun; Benji can’t wait to dive in but Zack is taken aback when his ex-boyfriend Casey () turns out to be staying there at the same time.  Casey runs into Peter () at the resort, an old friend from high school and, hoping not to appear like a loser, asks him to pretend to be his boyfriend to impress Zack, but this is somewhat ruined when Peter and Benji start getting steamy every time they see each other.  The opportunities for boys to appear shirtless (if not more so) are intentionally silly and there’s no point in hating on the films in this series for being so shameless, but the complications of these relationships also suggest that there are messy knots being tied that we’ll have a good time untying.  Instead, all conflict is avoided, as is any kind of credible confusion, in fact even sex consummation is mostly avoided as many of the fantasy situations are rudely interrupted (these movies are only into the status of being that hot, sex is something they actually loathe).  Three sequels made in two years (likely so that these guys could eventually get something to eat) results in the pale semblance of drama beset by paltry staging and poorly written dialogue.  That these bright and beautiful young men have a good-natured approach to all things sexual is refreshing, but it wouldn’t kill anyone to have a sense of irony to really ground the fantasy situations from time to time.  If you’re going to endure the quality of writing and acting you get in porn, you might as well skip this and go in for the hardcore stuff.

2 thoughts on “Eating Out: The Open Weekend (2011)

  1. Big fan of your reviews and your podcast. If you want a gay sex farce with worse acting but more actual sex check out 2002’s “Issues 101.” It features a closeted frat boy whose “hazing rituals” get increasingly transparent. Its claim to fame is a three line cameo from a pre-Idol Kelly Clarkson!

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