DVD Review - More Scenes From a Gay Marriage
|Jared Allman (left) and Matt Riddlehoover|
in "More Scenes From a Gay Marriage"
Again, the title to this sequel is misleading because there are no scenes from a gay marriage here. Meaning, there are little to no scenes between the two men who are supposed to be "married," if not legally than by default. The two men are Darren and Joe, and, at the start of the movie, the pair announce they're breaking up. The rest of the movie is spent with the two separated, so it's not clear why Riddlehoover titled the movie this or where he was going with it.
Matt Riddlehoover plays Darren whose life we learn nothing about past having quasi-feelings for his ex-boyfriend Leigh. Does Darren work? Does have a job? Does have any passions or interests or hobbies? Who knows? Yet, he decides to go on a road trip with his best friend Luce, played by Thashana McQuiston, and this movie becomes a road trip film with Luce doing the majority of the talking, endless talking and talking, to the point that her relationship with Bruce, played by James Foglesong, is more the focus than the titular one.
|Jared Allman (left) and Rodiney Santiago|
Riddlehoover pads the movie with scenes from the movie-within-the-movie, which basically replays scenes from the previous movie but with different actors. It's totally unnecessary and distracting. Riddlehoover has an interesting idea when he introduces one of those actors into the lives of Darren and Joe. Yet, the idea isn't used to its maximum potential.
Rett Terrell plays Sam, an aspiring actor, annoying house-guest and possible kleptomaniac who is cast to play Joe in the movie-within-the-movie. Instead of using this character to come between Darren and Joe's relationship and really expose things about Joe that make him insecure, Riddlehoover wastes it by making Sam a punchline for Luce to go on and on about.
Instead of delving into Joe's character, Riddlehoover gives him an insubstantial scene where Joe gets a massage by a hot Brazilian masseur, played by male model Rodiney Santiago. The scene is ultimately pointless. It goes nowhere but to the painfully obvious. It seems to exist only to get Santiago to strip down to his underwear and show off his hot body. Riddlehoover doesn't give them hardly any dialogue and nothing of significance to do.
I did like the end-credits song "I'll Find You" by Samantha Church. Other than that, the movie is meaningless.
One Star out of Five.
Not Rated but recommended for mature audiences.
Running Time: 1 hr. and 10 mins.