During an average week at Homorazzi’s office, we receive a bunch of items to review and check out for review purposes. As expected, a lot of those things comprise of gay-related material. Movies making up the biggest chunk. I’ll be honest and say that I normally tune out within twenty minutes. Yes, I understand they’re low budget, independent and artsy, but that’s not an excuse to not be entertaining. Will on “Will & Grace” even joked on an episode that most indie gay movies aren’t very good. So imagine my surprise when I watched this gem of a movie.
“Is It Just Me?” is a sexy gay romantic comedy written and directed by JC Calciano. The film has won critics and audiences over, during its festival run. As with most rom-coms, the plot devices are strictly-paint-by-numbers and even includes the ever popular mistaken identity cliche. Having said that, you can’t help but be enamored by this cute flick. It’s a perfect date movie with that new guy you’re trying to win over, or rekindle the romance with your current one.
The film’s protagonist is Blaine (Nicholas Downs), a writer for a fictitious newspaper, USA ToGay. While his roommate, Cameron who has six-packs to spare, gets laid regularly, Blaine wonders if he’s the only homo in WeHo looking for love and not just a hookup. Think Drew Barrymore in “Never Been Kissed” but with a gay twist.
The comedy of errors begins when Blaine meets his “soulmate” online. Of course his kindred soul, Xander (David Loren), comes in a studly gorgeous package with an equally adorable Texan accent. Unbeknownst to Blaine, he’s been chatting with Xander using Cameron’s account. Rather than listen to his friends and fess up with the honest mistake to Xander, he chooses a road that will obviously bring heartache and mishaps.
It wouldn’t be a typical romantic comedy if it didn’t have strong comedic supporting characters. It’d be easy to dismiss Blaine’s roommate, Cameron, as the token hot dude. But Adam Huss who portrays him, does a great job playing the dimwitted stud. The other standout is Xander’s older gay landlord played by Bruce Gray. For all you “Queer as Folk” fans, he played Emmett’s older millionaire lover who died having sex in an airplane. Gray’s one-liners are over the top, but hilariously delivered.
I could go on and on and gush about the movie, but I don’t want to give too much away. If you’re a hopeless romantic and enjoy rom-coms, I highly suggest you check it out. Even if you’re not in the mood to feel all sappy and gooey inside, the shirtless eye candy will keep you entertained.
Find out if “Is It Just Me?” is playing a theater near you. Click here for screenings and tickets. If you can’t make it to any of the showings, you can purchase the DVD starting November 16, 2010 from tlagay.com. As a closing note, I would like to mention that the movie is a proud supporter of the http://www.thetrevorproject.org/. In light of the recent gay teen suicides, it was appropriate to highlight this organization.
MOVIE RATING: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Xander (David Loren) and Blaine (Nicholas Downs) checking out the view.
Cameron (Adam Huss) with one of his many boys. Lucky guy.
Awkward. Cameron (Adam Huss) and Blaine (David Loren) the morning after.
Cute little suburban couple.
Frustrated by his ongoing failure to meet Mr. Right, Blaine stumbles upon what might be his perfect match in an online chat room-Xander, a sweet, hunky guy who’s recently moved to LA. Smitten, Blaine then finds that he’s been chatting to Xander under his go-go dancer roommate’s profile, setting in motion a convoluted comedy of errors with romance as the ultimate objective. – official description