4th Man Out full movie review - Bummer
I was really looking forward to this film and the first few minutes seemed promising, but then, what felt like hours later, I was actually glad to see it end. The problem was that it was just so darn boring.
The plot itself was straightforward and is one that anyone who watches LGBT themed films has seen several times before. Basically, a gay guy comes out to his childhood friends who wrestle with how to be good friends despite their discomfort. So of course, they all laugh and cry and love and learn important life lessons and blah, blah, blah...
In addition to being a recycled concept with basically zero originality, the use of stereotypes was pretty heavy handed. I was particularly insulted by one scene where, after the group of friends finally seemed to have turned a corner with his sexuality, the two bestest of the four best buddies are sitting on a couch after a night of drinking. Next thing you know the gay guy tries to kiss his friend claiming that he thought his straight friend was trying to kiss him. WTF?!?!? That scene undermined the entire film. Suddenly this guy who has sworn up and down to his friends that they are just his friends tries to kiss a guy he knows, and I mean he KNOWS, is interested in women, specifically because the gay character's friend is torn between his friend with benefits and a woman with whom he has a genuine connection. That to me was insulting to a lot of people and totally unrealistic.
There was also a scene where the protagonist has finally had a successful date with a guy from online after a series of what were supposed to be hilarious misadventures (FYI, they weren't that funny). So, our hero is making out with prince charming, but then he farts, then he farts again; after that prince charming just ditches him without a world. Not only did that come across as gross; it was kind of insulting. Are gay men really so shallow and strange? Have the writers never passed gas on a date? The various dating vignettes were pretty unpalatable overall, but that one was cringe-worthy.
Honestly, I can think of probably five other films that are all but identical to this one, only difference being that they were better. What made matters worse was that this film had some decent actors, they were simply wasted on a movie that was formulaic and way too drawn out.