Kiss Me, Guido

Yes, Tony Vitale's debut feature is clumsy and amateurish. But it's also occasionally quite charming, and ultimately more commendable for what it isn't than worthy of censure for being nothing more than an inconsequential comedy. Like SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER's Tony Manero (the role model of "Guidos" everywhere), 24-year-old aspiring actor Frankie (Nick Scotti),...read more

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Yes, Tony Vitale's debut feature is clumsy and amateurish. But it's also occasionally quite charming, and ultimately more commendable for what it isn't than worthy of censure for being nothing more than an inconsequential comedy. Like SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER's

Tony Manero (the role model of "Guidos" everywhere), 24-year-old aspiring actor Frankie (Nick Scotti), a Bronx-born Italian-American, wants nothing more than to move into Manhattan and -- he hopes -- the big time. He answers an "roommate wanted" ad, naively figuring that GWM stands for "Guy With

Money," and winds up in the Greenwich Village apartment of "Gay White Male" and fellow actor Warren (Anthony Barrile). Warren is due to appear in an upcoming play, but after he's injured, Frankie steps into the role of -- you guessed it -- a gay man. It will come as no surprise that Frankie

overcomes his homophobia through his love of acting and burgeoning friendship with Warren, while Warren reevaluates his own snotty "Guido-phobia," learning that he and Frankie share more than a mutual love of trashy disco music. While hardly incisive, the film gamely tries to play with popular

stereotypes, and unlike the odious German "comedy" MAYBE... MAYBE NOT, Vitale carefully avoids the more offensive cliches inherent in a gay-straight roommate situation. Warren is a refreshingly stable character, rather than a pathetic victim of unrequited love; in fact, he's not terribly happy

about having the handsome Frankie invading his turf. And while the somewhat dim-witted Frankie is the object of an awful lot of comic potshots, Scotti's appealing performance keeps him from ever seeming less than a nice guy.

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  • Released: 1997
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Yes, Tony Vitale's debut feature is clumsy and amateurish. But it's also occasionally quite charming, and ultimately more commendable for what it isn't than worthy of censure for being nothing more than an inconsequential comedy. Like SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER'… (more)

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