Listen, I love a good Gay Themed movie just like any other gay guy looking to find awesome representations of himself in the media; however, there comes a time in a film where I have to sadly shake my head at the general themes or cliches that come too often in the movies I watch.
Call them cliche’, call them tired, or call them whatever you want; I just want writers and directors to call it quits with some of these themes. Now, some themes are just part of the story, I understand that, but after a while, these themes become all too predictable and formulaic. In my opinion, some of these themes or cliches are overused and overexposed, and often make the films hard to watch or altogether boring – that’s when you add a bunch of male nudity to balance it out – sigh.
The following is a list of some of the worst themes in gay movies that I’ve come across so far. These themes don’t necessarily make the entire film bad, even though there are some baaaaaaad films, but it does make me roll my eyes while questioning my life choices. Again, these are just my opinions, along with a few screen shots from various films, in no particular order.
1. We need more people
2. The “other” Woman
3. “But I’m Straight, though”
This theme pisses me off the most because it’s mostly based on one movie that I still hate to this day – can you guess by the screen cap? Your premise is this, “I think I’m straight, but I want to try gay sex just to make sure that I still like vagina only.” It’s pretty much the premise for all “Gay 4 Pay” porn sites, painfully forced with no enthusiasm or desire to please the crowd – minus the Viagra and gay sex. . . but cinema style.
4. Simulated Gay Sex
5. Gratuitous Male Nudity/Borderline Porn
Admit it, a good chunk of us scroll through our Netflix queue late at night hoping to find some porn in some shape, form, or fashion. Sometimes you’re just too lazy to get up and search for porn online or on your phone; you want that cozy feeling, I get it. But listen here, I think there’s enough porn out there with loads of nude guys to fit your fancy. I’m the last one to get mad at looking at full frontal nude men because the world needs more of it – Thanks HBO; however, sometimes I think lots of nudity, and even simulated sex, is used to hold the viewers attention long enough to get through the movie.
Nowadays, when I think of a gay themed movie, I expect to see some butts scuttering across the screen, and if you’re lucky, you might even see a money shot – I’m talking about you, Stranger by the Lake –, but it’s not enough or it’s often unnecessary. I like my porn, and I do hope one day that there’s a good cross between great writing and porno, but don’t try to be the one to make it happen. I may be picky in this, but a great gay themed movie doesn’t have to have full frontal or fucking every 20 minutes.
6. Clubs and Drugs
Usually, if there’s a movie about a group of gay guys, there’s a club, and where there’s a club, there’s drugs – lots and lots of drugs. Seriously, gay men can’t cluster anywhere outside of smokey areas filled with hot-bodied men looking for some drugs and ass? Beside drink specials, coke, x, and Molly are also on the menu, followed by a raunchy tryst in a dirty restroom. I’m not here for it. I’m still waiting on a movie where a bunch of gay guys sit around the table, playing Spades and throwing shade, but that’s just my dream.
7. I want that Daddy Love
8. Lust at first sight
9. Too much camp!
To me, camp equals every gay cliche’ and stereotype under the sun. Sure, camp works in gay comedies, but too much of it can ruin the entire viewing experience. It can go from a cute little parody and turn into a painful craft project full of EVERY gay theme mentioned above. I’m here for satirical social commentary on gay life, but again, it becomes formulaic in its approach with no sense of direction. Even in more serious films, camp tends to creep in there somehow just to remind the viewer that although the feature is gay themed, it’s not gay enough until someone makes a joke about bears, fisting, butt plugs, twinks, glory holes . . .well, you get the picture. In fact, just look at the picture above.
I can’t list them all!
I know I haven’t covered every theme or cliche’ that I could think of for this list, but we all know there’s more to add. Don’t even get me started on the gay themes and cliche’s seen on TV either; that can be a list on it’s own, but will still feature a good chunk of what was mentioned here. Honestly, I want to see better, and I do need to step my viewing experience up. This doesn’t necessarily mean the movies pictured above are horrible, even though a good chunk of them are, they just incorporate my observations based on my viewing experiences so far.
My major gripe? I’d like to see more films depicting gay POC in situations that are not a part of the gay black film themes we have already come to know – down low story lines need to just stop! However, I understand that movies are drawn from reality in some form, but this isn’t every gay males reality. I hope future directors and writers keep this mind, so that we can voice better stories showcasing the different experiences of gay men.