Amos Lassen | Little Rock, Arkansas | 07/08/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Bowser Makes a Movie"
Amos Lassen and Cinema Pride
"Bowser Makes A Movie" (Hornbill Films) is outrageous fun. Two young lovers decide to direct their own gay pornographic film and they find that they must come into contact with a menagerie of people. As we meet these people we realize that we are watching one of the most amusing and entertaining films to enter the gay canon in quite a while.
Bowser throws himself into the gay porn industry because he desperately needs money but the price he pays is quite high. He attempts to mortgage his parents' house, he becomes involved with the mob, and he has to deal with a wild assortment of people including a militaristic father, a nun who gives away his money and a stranger by the name of Helmut Schwantz Sauger.
Because Bowser needs direction in his life and the fact that his parents are tired of supporting him, he decides that the solution to his problems is to make gay porn. Remembering those old MGM musicals of putting on a show, that is exactly what Bowser tries to do. Nick Louis as 21 year old Bowser steals the movie and although the script wanders and several of the jokes fall flat, he manages to make it all worthwhile. It is his charm and acting ability that makes this movie the little gem that it is.
The opening of the film deals with teen anger, something we all know too well, The entire idea is a bit ridiculous but even with the jerky camera work, Toby Ross manages to make the film work. Sure I have seen better but that does not mean that I cannot enjoy something that is not a blockbuster. There are no classic gay stereotypes, no jaded gays, and no nudity and it still manages to hold interest. "Bowser Makes a Movie" is an innocent coming of age film with a new approach to gay indie films.
I feel that the film is smart and the performances are excellent. As a movie with not a big budget, the production is slick and the vulgar humor we have become so used to is not there.
This is a delightful movie that is obviously made from the heart of Toby Ross. Some of the reviews I read just out and out threw it away. I think they should have another look and re-evaluate the film. I could name some of the faults here but the pluses so outweigh them that it would be pointless. Get a copy and see for yourself.
Fun in Chicago
Brian Andrews | Austin TX | 02/27/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"A fun movie with a lighthearted cast makes this entertaining. A clever story with good writing. The characters are both sincere and quirky. Fun to watch with friends over pizza."
Bob | Flint, Texas | 10/10/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Entertaining movie, would have been better if the screen wasn't sorta jumping on and off thru the movie."
One of the truly bad ones
J. McCarthy | Sydney, Australia | 03/29/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"One shouldn't waste to many words of rubbish like this. The film is seriosuly inept. The likable lead might have been better employed with a half-decent script, director and cast."