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May 2004
Eating Out
Eating Out
Directed by: Q Allan Brocka
With: Jim Verraros, Ryan Carnes, Scott Lunsford
Country: USA
Year of Production: 2004
Running Time: 90 minutes

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Heard the cliché about the straight best friend who not only looks more gay than you but decides to 'go gay' to see if he has more luck with girls? Well Q. Allan Brocka's first feature is the definitive film version. And a very good, hot and enjoyable film it is too.

No stranger to the LLGFF, Brocka is probably best known for his wonderful animated short series Rick & Steve about an animated Lego® couple (included in this year's gay animation programme, Pencil Me In) and he has quickly gained a wide international following.

In Eating Out we meet Kyle, young gay and unlucky in love. He lives with Caleb who is muscled, horny and despite all signs to the contrary, 100 per cent straight. Frustrated by his failure with the ladies, Caleb thinks he could win their affections by pretending to bat for the other side. A cunning plan but clearly not without risks.

When he meets a zany, gay boy loving woman called Gwen, he pretends to fancy her beautiful flatmate Mark to win her affections. And it looks as if his plan will pay off until he finds himself alone with Mark, a video and some Kleenex. Then the fat really does begin to sizzle in the pan.

Confused? Don't worry. Aroused? You will be. Eating Out is funny, very, very sexy, and has a quick, lively script, good performances and occasional touches of John Walters-type kooky-brilliance. It's fluff captain, not as we know it, but dude, we so definitely like.

by Jonathan Keane

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