DVD Review - Eating Out: The Open Weekend
Really, the only time Brocka slows down is to ogle naked boys of which this movie has plenty, and all of them chiseled, most looking like they were pulled from Men's Health magazine. As one character calls it, it's a "never-ending parade of man-whores with muscles." Being that a lot of scenes occur pool side, it's like one long, male swimsuit show. Being that every scene always finds some reason to have every guy be shirtless, from strip tennis to a sarong party, this movie could also double for one long, underwear ad.
There are gay sex scenes here, all of which get steamy and really hot, but all of them are in service to the humor. There is no fornication without the climax being some kind of gag, and not the choking kind. Brocka's tone and direction elevates this from just being softcore porn with jokes. Yet, even if it didn't, it'd still make for entertaining, if awkward gay erotica. It pushes gay male fantasy, while also providing a hook so that we can laugh at it, giving us a release valve so that we're comfortable watching guys jerk each other off. For example, every Eating Out film has included a sex scene involving three people that wasn't a threesome, as it was a twosome instigated and actively encouraged by a third person in the room. The Open Weekend is no different.
|Aaron Milo as "Benji"|
Eating Out: The Open Weekend has the best retention rate of all the movies because all those characters, as played by all the same actors return for this installment. Zack and Benji spend three days in Palm Springs, a desert city equidistant between Los Angeles and San Diego. Where at once it was a mecca for college students on spring break, now Palm Springs is a popular gay tourism destination. Casey vacations in the same resort. Being that he has no boyfriend, Casey brings Penny along as his girl Friday or as is the term his "fag hag." Lilly is there too because she won a free vaction in the last movie.
The problem begins when Zack begins to question his relationship with Benji who says he wants to be with Zack but also have sex with other guys. Benji doesn't believe in monogamy, whereas Zack does. Zack agrees to let Benji be promiscuous, but when Casey shows up, Zack lies about it. Casey also lies and pretends he has a boyfriend. Peter, played by Michael Vara, an old high school friend who just happens to be in town, helps with Casey's pretense. Hijinks ensue. Meanwhile, Lilly and Penny fight over the only heterosexual male in Palm Springs, a flirtatious bartender named Luis, played by the aforementioned Alvaro Orlando whose full-frontal nudity won't be as surprising as his full-back ass nudity.
|Daniel Skelton (left) and Chris Salvatore|
in "Eating Out: The Open Weekend"
Four Stars out of Five.
Not Rated But Recommended for Mature Audiences.
Running Time: 1 hr. and 21 mins.