Flirting with Anthony

"Terrible"

Flirting with Anthony Review


If the title Flirting with Anthony has you expecting a romantic comedy about Italian-Americans, you'd better brace yourself. A better title might be Gay Bondage Porn Road Trip Freakout. Actually, if done right, a movie with that title could be pretty cool, but this one sure ain't.

Commencing with a rapid-fire montage designed to connote who knows what, we find Anthony (Daniel Cartier) beaten, kidnapped, and tied up in a garage for a kinky torture session conducted by some unidentified tough guys whom he has wronged. Saved from murder by Jack (Linus), a member of the gang, Anthony is able to escape bloodied but alive.

Time passes (it's unclear how much), and Anthony is living in a sort of trashy domestic bliss with his girl Donna (Lowe Taylor) and her younger brother. When Donna finds out her father has died, she's unmoved but decides to make the trip to his funeral with Anthony in tow. Loading up the PT Cruiser, they embark on a seemingly endless road trip that pauses only for perverted sexual flights of fantasy that begin with a quick hand job and devolve from there.

One night at a motel, Anthony orders up a pink-haired gay hooker for a threesome. It turns out Anthony is neither totally gay nor totally straight. He's just sexual. Sex is very much on his mind, all the time. And Donna is his willing accomplice.

The next night both Anthony and Donna secretly order hookers to surprise each other, and the result is a "fourgy" from which writer/director Christian Carlson surprisingly averts our eyes. Hey, if we're gonna go there, then let's go there, especially after all the kink we've already seen.

Speaking of kink, when Anthony's former savior Jack shows up at a roadside gas station, he and Anthony rekindle their friendship by rutting in a dirty bathroom stall a la Britney and K-Fed while Donna waits outside and wonders where her boyfriend is. When the two come out and zip up, Donna has to wonder who Anthony is truly in love with. But who really cares?

Calson has filled his production notes with film school bon mots such as "experiment in form and structure," "failure of human understanding," and, God help us, "European," but all that sounds like a whole lot of rationalizing. What's really going on here is Calson projecting his own sexual fantasies (bondage, jockstraps, seedy motel rooms) onto the screen, and for that you have to give him some credit. How many of us have the ambition to gather the money and people to bring our darkest desires to life right in front of our own eyes?

How can you resist him?



Flirting with Anthony

Facts and Figures

Run time: 88 mins

In Theaters: Saturday 1st October 2005

Production compaines: TLA Releasing

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 1 / 5

IMDB: 1.8 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Christian Calson

Producer: , Christian Calson

Also starring:

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