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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

BearCity - Romance Can Be Hairy! [Gay - DVD 2010]

A friend recommended this movie to me and before she was finished raving about it I'd already ordered it. The PO gods were on my side this time—sometimes shipping between the US and Canada can be somewhat... iffy time-wise [I blame Canada Post for this]—and I got it a week later. Needless to say I watched it as soon as possible, which was last night, and I'm still feeling all cuddly inside. :)
Actually now I'm impatiently awaiting the release of BearCity 2, which was supposedly slated for release in the spring of 2012. Unfortunately, it's now summer (and how the dickens did THAT happen so quickly I ask you!?) and I've not heard any good news yet. *sniff sigh*

To be honest I didn't know much at all about the bear scene, but I think I've got a better idea of what it is—what I do know is that the actors do not all have the 'perfect' body so loved by society; there's men of all sizes, shapes and, yes, hirsuteness. It's definitely a difference from the usual movie cast and frankly one that I wholeheartedly support.

But what really made the movie so special is the story, and it's one that I'll be going back to again and again, just because I can. Like all good romances, BearCity has the de rigeur conflict, but it works, and works well. And the relationship difficulties are not faced only by the main characters Tyler and Roger, but between Fred and Brent (aka Ernie and Bert) and Michael and Carlos. My heart was definitely being tugged, but I never found it too sappy or syrupy—it was just right.
BearCity works as a romance, as a comedy, but also it works as a glimpse into a world that I've never really come across before. And I absolutely loved it. For me this movie rates an 8.5 out of 10.

BearCity [2010 - TLA Releasing]
Set 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.

TLA Releasing—Includes trailer.

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