25 Great Gay Sex Scenes Saga – Movie #4: BearCity

BearCity Cover

Note: this should have been up 24 hours ago, but I’ve had an entire day dealing with no internet connection and inefficient ISP nonsense. Now that it’s over, onto the goodness.

Movie #4: BearCity

Actors:

Gerald McCullouch… Roger

Stephen Guarino… Brent

Joe Conti… Tyler

Director: Doug Langway

SynopsisSet in New York’s gay “bear” scene and taking a cue from the popular HBO franchise “Sex and the City,” BearCity follows a tight-knit pack of friends experiencing comical mishaps, emotionally sweet yet lusty romantic encounters and a cast of colorful, diverse characters as they gear up for a big party weekend.

The Backlot Rating: (scene between Gregory Gunter & James Martinez)

Hotness – 5

Romance – 8

WTFactor – 3

BearCity is not your typical foray into gay cinema, nor does it feature the quintessential characters in an LGBT-related film. That wasn’t, however, a bad thing – if anything, it made me enjoy the movie that much more. BearCity is set almost entirely within the culture of “bears”, and as many bear references as possible – visual or otherwise – are placed within every scene. For those who may be unaware, “bear” is a term regarding a specific subculture of the gay community. Within the sphere of gay men exists various groups, each with their own physical stipulations and, in some cases, cultural characteristics. For instance, there exists “twinks”, who are defined as “thin, hairless pretty boys”- Derek, Happy Endings* (*I’ll touch on this briefly a little later on); “jocks” typically refer to macho-acting, muscular gays who look like they’ve stepped right out of an Abercrombie & Fitch catalogue; “bears” are another group. While many mistakenly believe that a bear is fat and/or old gay man, that isn’t necessarily the case; while some bears do, indeed, fall under those categories, just as many haven’t even entered their middle-age years, and some boast physiques that rival the jocks. The main real criteria for bears is that they be hairy, more often than not that they also be meatier than average.

BearCity is centred around 21 year old Tyler, who has a strict fetish preference for bears. However, he harbours this preference as his most tightly guarded secret because it is apparently taboo or risible to be attracted to bears when you aren’t, yourself, a member of the pack (ha ha, see what I did there?) Criticism #1: that is pure crap! I don’t know what fantasy world those writers were envisioning when they came up with this plot, but since when is it contemptible for a (young) guy to be into bears? Bears are quite revered in the gay community, and are often sexy as hell. I mean, woof! Seriously, a quick search on your favourite adult website will back me up in seconds. Anydontgetmestartedonmusclebears, Tyler suddenly stumbles on an ideal opportunity to rent a room from a bear couple looking for a new roommate. Of course, he jumps at the opportunity because it would finally allow him the freedom to bring home his own bears, something that he’d been absolutely unable to do with his old roommate, Simon, a young, superficial gay who sneers at the entire bear culture. With his newfound freedom, Tyler fully immerses himself in the bear wilderness – ok, seriously, I need to stop with these terrible bear puns – and meets Roger, the it-boy of that particular bear community. Handsome, popular and experienced, Roger instantly becomes the object of Tyler’s obsession, and the movie follows his attempts at acquiring Roger for himself. Criticism #2: I know that this plot right there was supposed to be the central story of the movie, but it was by far the most irritating. Actually, it was the only irritating one. I totally understand that this was a movie and we were, therefore, dealing with the unavoidable time constraints that come with it, but come on! Tyler and Roger had met for all of five minutes and we were supposed to believe that it was some case of true love and root them on? Roger was decidedly emotionally unavailable and would literally distance himself from Tyler whenever they were seen together in public, yet Tyler pursued him with unrelenting passion. I’m sorry, but if this had been the actions of a 21 year old heterosexual girl, no one would say that she had a bear preference… they would argue that she had serious daddy issues. I’m not saying that Tyler had daddy issues… but yeah, he clearly did. Anyway, I’m going to deep into a silly movie… I’ll leave the psychoanalysing of moronic, fictitious situations to Dr Phil the professionals.

On to the good! BearCity was, by no means, a cinematic masterpiece. However, I absolutely enjoyed it – well, minus the whole Tyler/Roger rubbish… see above. The actors were, for the most part, extremely spot on with their depictions of the character. Gregory Gunter was amazing as Michael, and I cracked up whenever he slipped into ebonics. I think his was the most touching storyline, as he depicted the very real situation of bears who aren’t as confident with their weight as others. It was a nice arc, having him decide between surgical weight loss for a more competitive edge in the job market, and alienating his partner, who “didn’t settle for his weight [but] was attracted to it”.

I also loved Stephen Guarino’s portrayal of Brent. Earlier, I mentioned Derek from Happy Endings, which was a severely underrated and highly genius sitcom, thankyouverymuch. It so happens that Stephen Guarino was also the actor of that role, and he was brilliant! He was so over-the-top and egocentric that it was a bit of a shock to see him play the more serious and level-headed Brent in BearCity. I also thought that his storyline was far more enjoyable than the central story, as he tried to not only come to terms with but support his partner’s desire for an open relationship, though he personally craves nothing more than monogamy.

Tyler’s aforementioned old roommate, Simon, was played by Alex Di Dio. Within the first 1:10 of the movie, I felt that the actor was weak and the character astoundingly annoying. This feeling pretty much remained constant throughout the majority of the movie. Surprisingly though, there was something so unnervingly charming about him that, by the end of the film, he was undoubtedly my favourite character. Go figure.

As long as you can ignore the slight flaws of the movie, and appreciate it for what it was intended to be, I believe that you will truly enjoy it. While watching, I found out that there’s actually a sequel, so don’t be surprised if this list becomes 26 Great Gay Sex Scenes.

BearCity-Santa-Sex

BearCity-Whole-World

BearCity-Sorry

BearCity-Outfit-Montage

BearCity-Roger-Fernando-Kiss

BearCity-Roger-Tyler-Kiss

BearCity-Eat-My-Ass

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