Bearcity

"Very Good"

Bearcity Review


Combining warm humour with raucous antics, this lively comedy keeps us laughing all the way through. And while the story might be a bit tidy in the end, it's also thoroughly engaging.

Aspiring 21-year-old New York actor Simon (Conti) is afraid to admit to his twinky gay flatmates (Di Dio and White) that he prefers older hairy men. Then one night in a bar, he runs into Fred (Keane), a cameraman he met at an audition. He properly introduces Tyler to the bear scene, including Fred's "husbear" Brent (Guarino) and their friend Michael (Gunter), whose obsession with weight-loss is annoying his partner Carlos (Martinez). But the guy who catches Tyler's eye is Roger (McCullouch), a fiercely single silver fox whose sex parties are legendary.

Despite being essentially a breezy comedy, there's rather a lot of serious stuff scattered throughout this film, especially as Fred and Brent try to figure out ways to spice up their long-term relationship, Michael grapples with a life-changing decision, and Roger discovers that he might be capable of settling down after all. The cast members create vivid characters who are all thoroughly engaging; the standouts are Keane and Guarino, whose improvised throwaway lines and razor sharp chemistry are simply hysterical. And the physicality is genuinely sexy.

Director Langway shoots this with lively humour and a real sense of affection for the characters. For a small-budget debut feature, it's shot and edited with remarkable skill, and the screenplay is hilarious without feeling overwritten - a continual stream of snappy dialog and outrageously funny situations. Even more important is the way the film completely avoids gay movie stereotypes to tell a story that's engaging, honest and relevant to almost anyone.

All of the serious issues do begin to throw the central romance slightly out of balance, but that's not much of a complaint when the people we're watching are this complex and enjoyable. They're likeable without being perfect, and we really root for them along their journeys, even thought the filmmaker's style hints early on that we're heading for a finale that will tie up all the loose ends in a sweet, sticky bow.



Bearcity

Facts and Figures

Genre: Comedies

In Theaters: Friday 11th June 2010

Box Office Worldwide: $6 thousand

Distributed by: Cinedigm

Production compaines: TLA Releasing

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 50%
Fresh: 5 Rotten: 5

IMDB: 6.1 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Douglas Langway

Producer: Heidi H. Hamelin, Lewis Tice

Starring: Joe Conti as Tyler, as Roger, Stephen Guarino as Brent, Alex Di Dio as Simon, Gregory Gunter as Michael

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