Slutty Summer

Okay, everyone settle down. The rude title notwithstanding, writer-director-editor-star Casper Andreas' debut feature isn't hardcore porn or even a soft-core jigglefest. It's a thoughtful but rough-around-the-edges treatment of an important issue in the emotional lives of many gay men: commitment. Young novelist Markus (Andreas) always had faith in the ability...read more

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Okay, everyone settle down. The rude title notwithstanding, writer-director-editor-star Casper Andreas' debut feature isn't hardcore porn or even a soft-core jigglefest. It's a thoughtful but rough-around-the-edges treatment of an important issue in the emotional lives of many gay men: commitment. Young novelist Markus (Andreas) always had faith in the ability of men to stay in committed relationships with each other until the day he returns to his New York City apartment to discover Julian (Christos Klapsis), his lover of four years, in bed — or rather, on the floor — with another man. Markus kicks Julian out and, bloodied but unbowed, gets a summer job as a waiter at a Manhattan restaurant. His best friend, Marilyn (Virginia Bryan), shows him the ropes, while the rest of the wait staff — all of whom appear to be young gay men — show Markus different sides of the dating scene. Handsome Tyler (Welsh-born actor Jamie Hatchett), a European model who's in NYC to plan his next career move, doesn't date; he simply has sex with whomever he finds attractive. No love, no romance, no strings attached. Just sex. Peter (Jeffrey Christopher Todd), on the other hand, is an aspiring actor who won't have sex with anyone until he's sure they're Mr. Right. He thinks that gay men only think they can't be faithful because that's what they been taught. The problem is that Peter has such high expectations that he probably won't be having sex anytime soon, if ever again. Flamboyant Luke (Jesse Archer, the movie's secret weapon), meanwhile, will have sex with just about anybody; it’s the one thing he knows he's really good at. He agrees with Tyler about fidelity, and thinks the only creatures who bother being faithful are seahorses and lesbians. And then there's Marilyn, who drinks too much and, in her search for love, has embraced a book detailing the how-to "commandments" of dating like it was a cult manifesto. Markus isn't quite over Julian — or ready to abandon hope of finding true love — so when Tyler invites him home after Markus' first day on the job, Markus politely demurs. When Tyler later approaches Markus in the restaurant men's room, however, he doesn't put up much of fight. They begin sleeping together, and even though Tyler admits to enjoying Markus' company outside of sex, he still won't give up his other "friends with privileges" or give Markus what he really wants: an actual date. The Swedish-born Andreas is a better writer than editor; his film bears more than few cutting-room scars, and the camerawork can at times be a bit rough. His cast and crew, however, have done an admirable job of backing up that hilarious title with an intelligent little film that knows its limitations and makes the most of a shoestring budget.

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  • Released: 2005
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Okay, everyone settle down. The rude title notwithstanding, writer-director-editor-star Casper Andreas' debut feature isn't hardcore porn or even a soft-core jigglefest. It's a thoughtful but rough-around-the-edges treatment of an important issue in the em… (more)

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