“Eating Out” – The Entire Banquet

 

There are many crazy things people do for love, to land that perfect person. Some people write poems and send flowers, others attempt to arrange serendipity, and some even go for loud obvious displays of affection (something quite common in the plots of most teenage focused films!) But “Eating Out” and the subsequent sequels takes those antics to an entirely new dimension – changing one’s sexuality. However, what seems like a great idea inevitably leads to comical disaster and the reason we watch these films.

 

While the first entry in this saga is not the series greatest, the entire “Eating Out” oeuvre is actually rather interesting and comical. Think of it as gay cinema’s “American Pie” saga. It’s also a series that I watch frequently – especially when I need something mindless, cliche, but funny enough to lift up my spirits. There’s plenty of sex, hookups, and each film has at least one guy in full frontal male nudity! (Because I know that’s what many of you want to see!)

 

So let’s dig into these five films!

2.0

1

After getting dumped by his slutty girlfriend, Caleb falls in love with Gwen. However, thanks to Caleb’s roommate, Gwen thinks he’s gay and sets him up with her roommate, Marc.

 

This first entry is shocking, comical, and enjoyable – but it’s also my least favourite film of the series. The concept for the script is great and rather new at the time – the straight guy “turns” gay in order to land the girl of his dreams, which results in a lot of farcical situations which none of them realised would happen. Unfortunately the film is lacking cinematographically, which brings my overall rating down. It’s worth a watch, especially if you’re keen to watch the entire series.

2

After Marc dumps him, Kyle unites with Gwen and Tiffani to land sexually confused art model Troy by pretending to be straight. However, Marc wants Troy, too, and members from a notorious “ex-gay” group are slipping for the both of them.

 

Normally, sequels don’t fare as great as the first film – especially when you recast one of the leads! However, there’s something about “Eating Out 2: Sloppy Seconds” that actually makes it a better and more enjoyable film. Perhaps an improved budget and cinematographic work, perhaps it’s being able to flesh out the characters more in a sequel. Or perhaps, it’s because Phillip J. Bartell has come on board to direct and co-write, along with “Eating Out’s” Writer/Director Q. Allan Brocka. I can only speculate, but there is one thing on which I am certain – I enjoy the sequel better than the original!

3.0

4.0

3

A gay Internet connection is made, but entanglements ensue due to hiding behind the name and photo of a straight male stripper who happens to return to the area.

 

In a trilogy, the third entry is normally a closure film. Yet “Eating out: All You Can Eat” is oddity, and most certainly it’s not a closure film in the normal sense. Killing off the male leads of the first two films before this one even begins is weird, but we are then introduced to a brand new cast of characters while keeping some hysterical minor ones. When this entry came out, it did not fit. However, with the two subsequent films that revolve around the new characters creating a trilogy itself, this third film actually ends up doing a great job to reboot the series. It’s also probably my favourite of all five films!

4

Casey finally lands the boyfriend of his dreams with Zack, until they meet Benji on the drive to drama camp. Suddenly, their relationship is on thin ice – especially when Benji realised this and decides to play it as straight! Will Casey lose his boyfriend?

 

Ok – so I lied before. Perhaps it’s my fan for theatre, but “Eating Out: Drama Camp” is my favourite in the series. There are no casting changes and we get even more depth to the characters we already love. The storyline is a reverse twist of the original film’s plot, which results in even more comedy and laughs. But most importantly, this film ends with a positive message and hope. It’s a great entry in the series!

5.0

4.5

5

Zack is gaycationing in Palm Springs with new boyfriend Benji who, to Zack’s dismay, wants to try an open relationship. Adding confusion is Casey, Zack’s ex, with Peter, his fake boyfriend, plus Casey’s fruity friend, Penny, and Zack’s friend Lilly.

 

This last entry is perhaps the most heartfelt of the entries. If it weren’t for quick cameos of two hysterical characters from the earlier entries, this film acts more like the capstone of the trilogy with this cast. But it also works as a good ending for the entire series. And the twist is an intriguing one – an open relationship amid a gay weekend full of sex and hookups that would tempt even the strongest relationship. The result is full of laughs and farcical drama!

Note for the cynical:

The “Eating Out” banquet is a film series known for cliches, stereotypes, sex, nudity & crass, farcical comedy; these films are NOT Pulitzer Prize winning scripts or deep, thought-provoking dramas. Holding them to the same standards will result in disappointment. So when you’re watching them, keep that in mind and accept them for what they are great at: comedy and humour. Free your mind and enjoy!

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Hi, I’m Michael!

I have amassed a massive collection of queer and gay-themed films, shorts, series, and more. I’m here to let you know which ones are worth watching – and which ones aren’t!

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