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Eating Out (2004)

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16

Average Rating: 3.8/10
Reviews Counted: 25
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 21

The cast recites lines of forced wit that aren't funny, and the clunky plot has too many contrivances.

17

Average Rating: 4.5/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 10

The cast recites lines of forced wit that aren't funny, and the clunky plot has too many contrivances.

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Average Rating: 3.4/5
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Movie Info

Gay man falls for straight man who is pretending to be gay man to win the heart of straight girl in this raunchy and offbeat romantic comedy. Attractive but bitchy college student Gwen (Emily Stiles) shares an apartment with her friend Marc (Ryan Carnes), a gay man with a hyperactive social life. Keeping track of Marc's lovers has given Gwen a taste for gay men, or at the very least men who look and act gay. Kyle (Jim Verraros), who is also gay, learns about Gwen's unique preference at a party

Unrated,

Gay & Lesbian, Comedy

Q. Allan Brocka

Jul 26, 2005

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All Critics (34) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (21) | DVD (2)

A sweet and funny take on the crossed-wire romantic couplings of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

June 10, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Rarely more than sophomoric.

May 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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It's cute enough but fails to deliver.

April 29, 2005
Detroit Free Press
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A less-than-satisfying cinematic meal.

April 29, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
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You almost want a sequel just to see how hot and heavy it gets when all the characters are finally matched up with their appropriate partners.

December 23, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

It's too formulaic, much too obvious and features some of the most unpleasant characters in recent film history.

June 10, 2005 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Like a Will & Grace episode gone horribly wrong.

June 10, 2005
Salt Lake Tribune

It's just too bad it's not still stuck in a plain brown wrapper.

June 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

The way these characters are written tells us nothing about them and everything about the guy who wrote and directed this movie, whose name is Q. Allen Brocka and who may be the only person who will actually find it amusing.

May 19, 2005 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

... a feature-length sitcom with gay double entendres.

May 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

While the filmmaker's ambition to give queer cinema a dopey sex comedy of its own is laudable, the results, unfortunately, fail on a base level. It just isn't very funny.

May 12, 2005 Full Review Source: The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

This low-budget college-campus farce succeeds in being occasionally playful but is mostly annoying.

April 28, 2005
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Everything you wished Will & Grace would be.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Planet Sick-Boy
Planet Sick-Boy

A tasteless comedy that nevertheless leaves a nasty flavor on the tongue.

April 8, 2005 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Tacky.

April 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for Eating Out

For a gay interest film.... it is really good, for being a great work of art - no. Some extreme situations but nicely done. Sexy Ryan Carnes gives a really good performance.
November 6, 2010
Tomassgringo

Super Reviewer

Spoilers are plentiful, not that it matters. Caleb, unhappy with his sex life, is convinced by his gay flatmate Kyle that the best way for him to find a woman is to pretend to be gay. Apparently, since coming out, Kyle has been hounded by hundreds of eligible woman all desperate to 'turn' him and get inside his pants, and so thinks this is the obvious solution for Caleb. Please, credit me with some fucking intelligence. Not only do I find the notion of being able to 'turn' someone, gay or straight, completely vacuous, but it's also offensive that the film shows such little respect for women. It's this kind of simplistic, clichéd thinking that gives GLBT cinema a bad name. [Swiftly steps off the soapbox]. Anyway, so Caleb meets the woman of his dreams, Gwen, but, surprise, surprise, she believes him gay and so sets him up with her GBF (gay best friend) Marc. Caleb agrees to go out with him in order to try and get closer to Gwen. In one of the most successful scenes (everything before and after hinges on it), Gwen has phone sex with Caleb whilst Marc goes down on him. This moment in the film is surprisingly well performed, is reasonably witty and successfully edited, but it is also (forgive the pun) very hard to swallow. Sorry, couldn't help myself there. This moment apart, there's very little to distinguish the film from any of the other 'straight guy pretending to be gay' films of which there are now so many they're practically a sub-genre. In addition, Eating Out is amateurishly filmed, badly acted in the majority and completely predictable. The ending where the four leads confess their true feelings for one another is not only ridiculous, it is, in the case of Marc and Kyle, completely out of character. Are we really expected to believe that Marc has been harbouring feelings for 'plain' Kyle (who is of course very good looking, just less of a muscle freak show than Caleb and Marc) all along? Hampered by poor dialogue, the only other saving grace is the one-liners from Caleb's little sister, but these are unfortunately delivered by an actress who clearly has infinitesimal talent.
April 30, 2008
danieljparsons

Super Reviewer

I love the clever script!!!! But acting wise it wasn't as good, but still wickedly funny
August 27, 2011
Sylvester Kuo

Super Reviewer

I watched this as 1) It was in a list of 50 best 'gay' movies and 2) I love gay movies. The acting was extremely bad, and the females in it were extremely ugly and annoying and were pointless really. The main dude, I forget his name, was the only one who fit the part and wasn't that bad of an actor. I'm not sure if it was meant to be, but his scenes with the gay dude were really awkward, so if they were supposed to be, well, good job and if not.. not so much.
December 20, 2008
MightySparks

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