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Bear Nation (2010)

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Malcolm Ingram introduces us to gay men who dig big dudes who are stockier and hairier than the airbrushed ideal served by up lifestyle magazines and underwear ads. From 'bear runs' - the circuit parties of the ursine - to men proudly accepting their own bodies (and the beer bellies they want to cuddle), "Bear Nation" proves love really does come in all shapes and sizes.

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This follow up to 2006's Small Town Gay Bar has producer Kevin Smith and director Malcolm Ingram look into another aspect of GLBT life, Bear Culture. Unlike STGB there isn't really much of a story here as there really isn't much of a story to tell. The questions of body issues, coming out as a bear, finding a niche in a culture that you don't quite fit in are all kind of covered in a few talking heads. When they run out of things to talk about, Kevin Smith pops up in his apparent self-taken title of a bear icon. I'm not quite sure what a straight married guy has to do with it. Aside from the handful of talking heads the only other insights into bear culture are an odd glimpse at Bear Pride in Chicago and a brief look at the London club night XXL. No P'town. No bear runs, no Hy-bear-nation. I'm not convinced the world really needs a documentary about bear culture, but if you are going to make one, a bit more research wouldn't have gone amiss. A piss poor effort and a touch of ego stroking from Kevin Smith.

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