A Four Letter Word

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Writer/director Casper Andreas' thoughtful, ensemble-driven sex comedy A Four Letter Word embodies a loose sequel to his 2004 Slutty Summer, with several of the tertiary characters from that earlier effort, including Peter, Luke, and Marilyn, foregrounded here. As in his prior effort, Andreas relies on humorous situations, characters, and setups to ask the sober question of how it is possible to maintain the integrity of gay love in an atmosphere of unbridled hedonism, replete with such pleasures as homosexual orgies (or "fourgies"), transvestism, and naked yoga. The filmmaker hones in on several colorful characters. At the center of the story are porno-shop proprietors Zeke, a gay rights crusader, and the nymphomaniacal, muscle-bound queen Luke, who finds it hard to commit to anyone. Luke's partner is Stephen, who initially expresses interest in a committed relationship, then chucks it all for a swinging lifestyle. Meanwhile, the newly engaged Marilyn grapples with her Alcoholics Anonymous program, and live-in lovers Derek and Peter must contend with the petty irritations of sharing a residence.

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Critic Reviews for A Four Letter Word

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  • Archer's acting is overly arch, but Cory Grant is quite effective as Zeke.

    Jun 24, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The cliches of bad gay filmmaking were lampooned in 2006's Another Gay Movie. Well, here's another gay movie. Things haven't moved an inch.

    Jun 5, 2008 | Full Review…
  • The film also serves up latte-frothy glimpses of an all-drag bridal shower, an erotic spinning class, and - all of 90 seconds into the proceedings -- naked yoga. Don't forget to bring your wipe-down towel.

    May 16, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

    Tom Russo

    Boston Globe
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  • A Four Letter Word is a surprisingly endearing romantic comedy that explores gay relationships with low-budget verve.

    Mar 28, 2008 | Rating: 4/5
  • The semi-earnest A Four Letter Word comes off like an insular gay sitcom, a la Paul Rudnick's Jeffrey, but without the honed verbal wit.

    Jul 14, 2007

    Dennis Harvey

    Top Critic
  • [Director] Andreas rescues A Four Letter Word from being merely a raunchy lil' romance by showing how his characters are steeped in a culture of therapy that has filled Americans with endless, compulsive self-analysis and self-doubt.

    Jul 12, 2007 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for A Four Letter Word

  • Jan 30, 2009
    This was a so so movie. The main character for a good 3/4 of the film was so predictable and quite annoying. By the end he started to come around though. The other characters were all quite static as well. Story was alright, the different sub plots didnt mesh great together. And honestly I would prefer a story that concentrates on one part not 4 little parts with one major one. Its just not needed. Oh well. I dont regret watching it, but probably wont again.
    Sarah . Super Reviewer
  • Aug 26, 2008
    Cute ultimately sweet movie. Some good performances some ragged.
    jay n Super Reviewer

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