Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Jesse Archer, Virginia Bryan, Dan Elhedery, Rula Elyas, Christophe Fraire
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Gay & Lesbian
A witty, sexy comedy which cleverly balances gay cynicism with old-fashioned romance, Slutty Summer tells of one young gay guy's adventures in steamy New York City. Lanky blond Marcus (writer-director Casper Andreas) gets ... more »
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A good (and funny) movie, with 3 dimensional characters!
Steven Stanley | Alhambra (Los Angeles), CA | 01/07/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I'd read some mixed (to bad) reviews of Slutty Summer, so I was unprepared for what a really good film it is. Of the countless gay movies I've seen, this was the first that truly made me feel that I was observing the real lives of 20something gay guys in a big city. The characters are all three-dimensional, even slutty Luke, well played by Jesse Archer, who is allowed to reveal a deeper side to his seemingly shallow character. Out actor/director Casper Andreas is very real and believable and likable as recently dumped Markus (I liked the way no attempt was made to explain his Scandinavian accent), and his developing feelings for equally effective Jamie Hatchett (as Tyler) build slowly and believably. Jeffrey Christopher Todd is adorable as hopeless romantic Peter, and I appreciated the respect with which Andreas treated this character; it would have been so easy to make fun of Peter's sincere desire to wait for Mr. Right. Virginia Bryant has many good moments as slightly ditzy Marilyn, and again Andreas has made her much more than the usual "fag hag" without a life of her own. I suppose it's possible (though doubtful) that at least some of the actors were straight (only Andreas is openly gay, as far as I know), but if so, they'd have to be quite amazing actors, because unlike far too many films, I believed that I was seeing real gay men (even down to smaller roles such as cutiepie Lex Sosa as Steven). Reading several other reviews here, I truly wonder at the cynicism and negativity of some gay viewers. This is not a bad film at all. This is not a badly made film at all. The budget may have been low, but this is clearly the work of a talented man who has surrounded himself with a talented bunch of mostly new to the screen performers. And the New York locations add to the realism of the story, and are especially interesting for an Angelino like myself (who loves New York as well). Thumbs up for Slutty Summer."
Grady Harp | Los Angeles, CA United States | 01/31/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Sometimes the title of a film has connotations that put people off, preventing them from viewing a film that has a lot of good points just because the title is tacky. Such is the case for SLUTTY SUMMER. This low budget first film by writer/producer/director/actor Casper Andreas may not have the substance or finesse that other independent films have, but taken as a whole it is an entertaining outing that deserves more credit than it has received. One wonders if a different title and cover image would have resulted in a larger more attentive audience.
Summer in Manhattan and new writer Marcus (Andreas) has just terminated a relationship with unfaithful Julian (Christos Klapsis) and finds solace in his man-hungry but gay-friendly friend Marilyn (Virginia Bryan) who lands him a waiter position in a small restaurant where all waiters are various stereotypes of gay men: ex-model sleeparound Tyler (Jamie Hatchett), hopeless romantic wannabe actor Peter (Jeffrey Christopher Todd), nellie flamboyant one night stander Luke (Jesse Archer) and the obnoxious manager Kevin (Lance Werth). Through a lot of visits to bars and hangouts the crew try to soften Markus' hurt and in doing so open Markus' eyes (indeed, everyone's eyes) to the significance of relationships in the flippant world of gay Manhattan.
Yes, the story has been done before but life keeps repeating the same stories, too, and it is fine to have a different take on same sex ways of life and philosophy in the big city. For a film shot in 14 days there is a fine amount of attention paid to small details of conversations. Markus proves an economical director. The cast of mostly inexperienced actors does well, and even if they do seem to be parodies of stereotypes, they do establish understandable characters. For a first film this is a pretty successful outing. With different packaging perhaps it could have had a better chance in the theaters. Grady Harp, January 06"
T. Jackson | Austin, TX | 09/22/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"If you just want some light summer entertainment, this movie is fine. It's predictable, but sweet and ultimately romantic. The production values and writing are extremely weak, though in some cases, this gives the film a more realistic feel. The biggest problem is the acting and casting. I realize it's a movie, but is everyone in New York this perfect looking?? It's like they cast a bunch of models and that in itself is part of the problem. The acting is extremely uneven. Jamie Hatchett as Tyler and Jesse Archer as Luke both have tons of charm and presence that draw you to their characters. They seem very natural on screen, particularly Hatchett. But Casper Andreas is one of the worst actors I've ever seen and since he's the main character, Markus, that's a problem. He has a very strange way of talking and almost seems to have an accent of some sort. He seems to equate saying something in a strange and loud way with emoting. There's a scene where Markus and Tyler are talking after going on a date that is one of the worst I've seen, the acting is literally painful. Also doing a poor job is Virginia Bryan as the requisite fag hag. Her performance is so over the top crazy at all times I found myself groaning whenever she appeared on the screen. That said, if you just want to look at some pretty guys and be mildly amused, you could do worse."
Gay Indy at Its Best (No, It's Not Sex and the City),
Ford Ka | Edinburgh, Scotland | 04/15/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"After reading some of the other reviews I felt I just had to write my own. Apparently we saw different movies...
This is a low-cost indy comedy - there is no big money, no big names, no special effects etc. The cast is limited in numbers and you are more likely to see on the screen real people who play actors than actors who play real people (and really know what they are doing). You wanted a gay blockbuster? Well, watch "Brokeback Mountain" again. And again.
One more warning - this is an indy gay comedy. Not gay porn. There is basically no nudity and sex is rather vaguely suggested than presented. I can't believe you don't know where to look if you need your porn, guys...
"Slutty Summer" tells the story of a young gay writer who found his boyfriend cheating on him and left him. As he has not much to do during a long NY summer he takes to waiting on tables in a restaurant where his fag hag friend also works. Although one of his new colleagues Luke suggests that the best way to get back on his feet is to sleep around (and he practices exactly as he preaches) Marcus soon falls for yet another colleague, sexy model Tyler and after some ups and downs obligatory happy end follows.
The adventures of the gay pack (we get here four fairly different types, each of them getting what they ask for) are mixed with that of Marylin, their best female friend who also dreams of happy relationship but apparently connects too well with a stiff drink every now and then to keep a man by her side.
All in all - a not too deep slice of gay life in the big city. Nothing special but if you can keep your expectations on a reasonable level it works OK especially with the decent soundtrack."