Written by: Michael Den Boer on October 20th, 2014
Director: T. S. Slaughter
Writer: T. S. Slaughter
Cast: Frank Holliday, Flip Jorgensen, Mike Russnak, Chris Tanner
DVD released: 2014
Approximate running time: 67 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
DVD Release: BTB Productions
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $18.95
The plot revolves around a family of two boys and their parents: two men — well, one is actually a transvestite (Bob Gay-Paris, played by Chris Tanner) whom the two sons refer to as their Mom.
Narrative-wise, the bulk of what occurs in this film is told via flashbacks by one of the sons (Alex, played by Mike Russnak) who is at a gay bar trying to pick up a guy (Kevin, played by Nicholas Wilder). And while Alex sits there he tells Kevin about his most unusual family, with his most shocking revelation being how his mother (“a tranny,” as he calls her) gave birth to him and his brother (Tommy, played by Flip Jorgensen). Besides this moment, other so-called gay parenting tips include getting punished for not taking advantage of a friend who slept over and how gay families celebrate holidays like Christmas.
Content-wise, this film takes all the gay stereotypes and then turns them up to 11 on a scale of 1 to 10. Of course, such an over-the-top approach to the subject at hand is bound to lead to a lot of humorous moments. With that being said, some viewers will certainly find said humor vulgar — along with a few moments of full frontal male nudity.
When this film is not drawing attention to the numerous gay stereotypes depicted, writer/director T.S. Slaughter makes a concerted effort to bring to light several social issues that gays are faced with on daily basis, most notably gay marriage.
The look of the film resembles what one would expect watching a sitcom. Another area in which this film resembles a sitcom is how the parents are oddly reminiscent of the parental figures from classic sitcoms of the 1950’s and 60’s.
Due to these performances being so far over-the-top one would be hard-pressed to fault any of the performances. And if I were to pick one performance that stood out more than any other, that would be Chris Tanner in the role of the Mom.
The Gays is presented in anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s intended aspect ratio. Colors and flesh tones look accurate and details generally look crisp.
This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English. Dialog comes through clearly and everything sounds balanced.
This release comes with no extra content and no menu, there is only the main feature on this disc. Overall The Gays gets a strong audio / video presentation.
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