VOD Review - Gay Hollywood Dad
Lee created a six-episode web series that streamed starting in June 2017 that followed him through the surrogacy process and the first, six months of his baby's life, as he works to raise his newborn son on his own. Along the way, we meet a cast of his colorful friends and family. He then took those six episodes and combined them together for this autobiographical feature.
From divas to diapers, we get the breadth of what Lee has on his plate now, although he doesn't have to handle the typical diva. The famous women, like Tamlyn Tomita whom he directs, aren't divas in attitude. They're down-to-Earth and personable. They're not all about the glitz and glamour or being a personality. They're more like a family with Lee, which remains a strong theme in this movie.
However, there is something incredible that happens toward the end of this movie that's worth mentioning. Without spoiling too much, Lee returns to his father's home in Vancouver, Canada. Lee returns as a father himself, so to spend time with and possibly get advice from his own seems apropos, but it doesn't quite turn out how one would assume. In fact, he's practically ditched by his dad on Christmas and Lee concludes by the end that he's glad he didn't take his dad's advice.
As a bonus feature, placed in the middle of this movie, Quentin Lee also shows us the short film that he made with his friends Candy Cheung and Jerry Hernandez (Ethan Mao). At first, it seems as though it's just going to be behind-the-scenes footage of Lee's project, but no. We get to see the actual short film that he made called On Halloween (2016). It's nine minutes and it's a very good take on When a Stranger Calls (1979) or Wes Craven's Scream (1996).
Not Rated but for general audiences.
Running Time: 1 hr. and 34 mins.
|Scene from 'On Halloween'|
Premieres at the New York Asian American International Film Festival on August 2.
Available on VOD on August 3rd via Amazon.