Episode 10: All Over the Guy (2001)

Foes to Friends to Lovers is a classic romcom formula. But what happens when the central couple never stops fighting? Dan Bucatinsky’s All Over the Guy pairs two men who make each other miserable in this sour romance.

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Episode 9: Bewildered Youth (1957)

When Klaus makes a gay friend his mother panics. She breaks them up, with disastrous results. This German gay-sploitation film underwent many rewrites to please the censors. Bewildered Youth portrayed sympathetic gay characters long before Hollywood would dare to.

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Manfred’s friends throw the best parties.
An alternate fan trailer.

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Episode 8: Were the World Mine (2008)

Tom Gustafson’s musical began as a short film, Fairies, in 2003. He expanded it into the feature length Were the World Mine in 2008. The story sets Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in a modern high school. Timothy, a bullied teen, casts a spell that makes his tormentors fall in love with people of the same sex. The film received mostly positive reviews and won several awards. My guest and I have mixed feelings about the work.

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Episode 7: The Boys in the Band (2020)

Joe Mantello directed a remake of Mart Crowley’s The Boys in the Band for Netflix last year. Eight gay men attend a birthday party. Things fall apart when a surprise guest arrives. I couldn’t help but compare the remake with the 1970 original. I decided to consult friends who were coming in to the story fresh.

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Episode 6: The Broken Hearts Club (2000)

Greg Berlanti wanted The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy to showcase the gay men he wasn’t seeing represented in mainstream media. The starry cast plays a group of friends in West Hollywood. We discuss our favorite characters and analyze the film’s mixed messages about gay friendships.

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The Broken Hearts Club is currently available on multiple streaming services.

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Episode 5: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert follows three drag performers on a road trip across the Australian Outback. The film was a critical and box office hit. It revitalized the careers of stars Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce and Terrence Stamp. But writer and director Stephan Elliott received push back for some controversial scenes. We gave it a fresh look in 2020.

This episode contains plot spoilers, explicit language and mature subject matter.

Priscilla is currently available through Amazon, Google Play, YouTube and TUBI. We cite a film analysis by Culture Critic Matt Baume which can be viewed here.

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Episode 4: Winter Kept Us Warm (1965)

David Secter was 22 years old when he wrote and directed Winter Kept Us Warm. The film follows two students, Doug and Peter, at the University of Toronto. Doug starts to realize he wants more from Peter than friendship. Same-sex activity was illegal in Canada in 1965 so Secter removed all direct references to it from his script. The relationship became ambiguous enough to sneak past the censors and win a spot at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2020 the subtext is clear.

This episode contains spoilers and strong language.

Winter Kept Us Warm is currently available through TLA Video. Joel Secter’s NSFW documentary on his father’s work can be streamed here.

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Episode 2: Trick (1999)

Trick follows a songwriter (Christian Campbell) and a go-go boy (John Paul Pitoc) who meet cute on a New York subway train. A series of obstacles will hinder their search for a place to hook up. These include Tori Spelling, Steve Hayes and the marvelous Coco Peru. Director Jim Fall announced plans for a sequel on Trick’s 20th anniversary. We decided to rewatch the original and see how we felt about it in 2020.

This episode contains spoilers and strong language.

Trick is currently available on Amazon Prime, itunes and YouTube.

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Episode 1: Jeffrey (1995)

Paul Rudnick’s Jeffrey premiered Off-Broadway on December 31, 1992. The starry film adaptation was released in the summer of 1995. It was one of the first LGBT movie romcoms. The comic cameos are still delightful. How does the central romance hold up? We take a look in today’s spoiler filled episode.

The film is currently available on Amazon Prime, itunes and TUBI.

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