The Gays (2014) – By Misty Layne

The Gays is T.S. Slaughter’s second feature film, following his campy horror comedy, Skull & Bones. The tagline of The Gays — “The family that gays together, stays together” — sums up Slaughter’s satirical take on television sitcoms and cartoons of past decades based on American nuclear families ranging from the normal to the bizarre.  And as for the blurb? Well…”Wouldn’t it be great if your parents taught you how to hold your own in a fag-eat-fag world? Rod Gay and Bob Gay-Paris are the streetwise gay mentors you never had. Come revel in the raunchy wisdom they pass along to their two gay sons — Alex and Tommy — advice that will empower the boys to bend the world over, lube it up, and snap one off!”. It definitely sums up the film.

I’m pretty sure that I am NOT the target audience for this film and as a result, I wasn’t a fan. The film was over the top to the point of making me uncomfortable (which I’m sure was the point). I’ve never heard the word “cock” so much in a single hour before – actually there were a lot of things I’ve never heard so much in a single hour, like “rimming” and “fag” and well, it’s pretty much a steady stream of all things sexual. And not just in language but in sight as well – from sex swings to blowjobs to bathhouses, The Gays has it all. There’s not exactly a plot but the gist is that Alex meets a guy in a bar who starts chatting him up and eventually family stories start to come out – like how Alex’s parents raised him and his brother to be gay from birth (which does bring forth some interesting introspection into nurture vs. nature). I guess this is an extreme example of how to navigate the gay male scene? That’s what I got out of it. And while I DID enjoy the John Waters’ campiness, there were just too many uncomfortable moments, like the several times the Gays seemed to be essentially telling their sons to rape men.

If over the top raunchy and exaggerated situations that make you squirm (oh god, the birth scene…) are your thing, you will LOVE this film. For everybody else, I’d suggest staying far, far away. To learn more about The Gays, visit their website where you can buy or rent the film today.