VOD Review - BearCity 3
In the first movie, the characters remained in New York City but the movie showed how bears hooked up in places like the Ramrod, a bar that no longer exists, and had sex in sometimes polyamorous ways. For example, the first movie featured two shower scenes with at least three men engaged in oral sex or intercourse. The second movie took the main action out of Manhattan and journeyed to Provincetown, Massachusetts, aka P'town. Every summer, P'town hosts what's called "Bear Week," a series of events, specifically for gay men who are the predominant population in that part of Cape Cod. The second movie captures some of those events and traditions, including the "Dick Dock," a spot underneath a beach pier where much prurience occurs.
This third movie references P'town but instead anchors itself at The Woods Campground, a membership-only, LGBT, clothing optional, camping resort in Lehighton, Pennsylvania, within the Poconos. It mainly caters to gay men, particularly bears who want to bring their RV's or tents and enjoy the nature, the trees, the lake and the ruggedness. It's also one big cruising spot where a lot of fornication happens out in the open with no judgment but with a lot of support, including free condoms.
Gregory Gunter (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Difficult People) co-stars as Michael, a Broadway producer who is the most overweight of all the guys here. He is a self-proclaimed fat guy but proud of it. He struggled with self-esteem in the first movie but was able to overcome it, thanks in part to the love and strength from his boyfriend. Unfortunately, that boyfriend, Carlos, played by James Martinez, wasn't available this time around having been cast in House of Cards, Major Crimes, One Day at a Time and various other TV shows, so Langway killed off his character. It opened Michael to have a new, African-American boyfriend, Dalton, played by Garikayi Mutambirwa (Jeepers Creepers II and NCIS). It also opened Michael to deal with fatherhood from a different perspective, as well as grief over losing a loved one.
Gerald McCullouch (CSI and Daddy) reprises his role as Roger Beam, a former stockbroker who's in a bit of financial trouble. He's actually unemployed and needs a new job. The boyfriend he had in the previous movie is gone for some arbitrary reason. He now wants to go back to his love interest from the first movie for no discernible motivation than just because.
Langway does jazz up this final installment with way more stunts, including sequences aboard golf carts and ATV's, collapsing campers and a scene with an actual bear. He also tries a glow party, a scene illuminated by all blacklight it seems, which attempts to top his foam and bubble-bath party from the previous movie. It's visually interesting. There isn't much focus on the eye-candy as in the previous movies, but there is eye-candy in the form of a couple of actors like Matthew Montelongo who plays Max, the editor to Fred's movie, and Jay Arseno as Kyle, the singer who catches Roger's fancy.
Not Rated but contains language, sexuality and nudity.
Running Time: 1 hr. and 56 mins.