4th Man Out
LGBT film review:
Directed by Andrew Nackman.
Starring Parker Young, Evan Todd, Chord Overstreet, Jon Gabrus.
Flicking through Netflix looking for something to watch as back ground noise for my writing last night, I stumbled across this movie. About a young American man called Adam, who on his 24th birthday decides that its time to come out to his three straight male best friends that he is gay. After a lot of drinks and several attempts, Adam finally manages to tell them. The reaction is rather shocked and yes then great. So he leaves them to take it all in. His three friends are typical guys. Always talking about things being ‘gay’ or making homophobic comments as jokes. Such as ‘Do you wanna get gay with me?’ means do you want a shot with me?
The next few meetings with his friends appear very uncomfortable on both sides. They are shown struggling to come to terms with how he could be gay when he is a mechanic who can rebuild any car. Like being gay means you can’t possibly know how to do man things. They keep apologizing for making their normal gay comments, accidentally bringing Adam out to his church loving neighbor who then takes it to be her mission to try and save his soul from damnation.
Chris is the first of Adam’s friends who moves towards acceptance, promising him that nothing will change from the first moment he comes out. Talking to the others, trying to make them understand that nothing turned Adam gay, he was just born that way. He even goes with Adam when he attempts to tell his parents, faced with Adam’s mother who is always trying to fix him up with a pretty girl.
As his friends move towards acceptance, they help him build dating site profiles as he looks for the perfect man. Starting him on a path of dating multiple men, looking for a spark. They are all the very camp gay stereotype or the kind who have a wife at home and just want to fool around on the side. Adam only finds two guys he has a hope of liking, both of which do not end well after the first meeting. Adam is not the ‘typical’ gay man. He is quite, shy, just an average guy looking for another cute guy. The type you would pass on the street and never actually know what his sexuality was.
I loved this movie from start to finish. It was such a simple way of showing the real side of coming out and its difficulties. Two scenes really stand out for me. The way Adam finally explodes at his family telling them what he is. You could see that as being the way it would happen to yourself. Instead of the picture perfect way movies normally portray the event as love and cuddles, complete acceptance from the first second. Making the movie feel all the more real for the excellent writing. The second is when the three friends take Adam to his very first gay strip club. Hysterically funny as the straight members of the group are struggling to fit in.
This is simply the perfect piece of LGBT movie making I have ever seen.
5/5 stars without even a seconds thought.
Go find it on Netflix now!
Sarah Beth James