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Friday, November 6, 2009

Groovy Gay Film Festival #11: Eating Out: All You Can Eat

Eating Out: All You Can Eat makes for a delicious lip-smacking meal of hot guys and raunchy humor. And if that opening line doesn't entice you, I don't know what will.

The popular Eating Out film franchise has been entertaining audiences since 2004, and now comes the third installment written by Phillip J. Bartell and directed by Glenn Gaylord. The silly plot revolves around the sweet and skinny Casey (Daniel Skelton), who quickly becomes friends with the outrageous Tiffani (Rebekah Kochan) after they meet at a funeral. When he falls for the gorgeous Zack (Chris Salvatore), Casey doesn't know how to pursue such a hot hunk until Tiffani convinces him to create a fake online profile, using sexy photos of her ex-boyfriend Ryan. Of course, Zack is immediately smitten with "Ryan", but their plan hits an unexpected snag when the real Ryan (Michael E.R. Walker) shows up and agrees to go on a date with the clueless Zack to get back at Tiffani. I know, it's a totally ridiculous story, but if you can suspend your disbelief for 78 minutes, you'll have a pretty good time.

As much as I enjoyed all the rippling eye candy on display, Kochan's comedic brilliance is what makes the movie for me. This girl is a foul-mouthed hoot who will say and do anything for a laugh, making Tiffani the real star of the movie. She's a raunchy delight from start to finish.

The rest of the performances aren't quite up to Kochan's level, but I was impressed by Walker, who shows himself to be quite adept at comedy as well as possessing a killer bod. And in supporting roles, the fabulous Mink Stole (as Casey's aunt), Leslie Jordan (as a wise and witty volunteer at a LGBT center), and Julia Cho (as Zack's sassy friend) all deliver some funny lines. You also can't help but root for Casey and Zack to get together due to Skelton and Salvatore, who are immensely likable.

Finally, the answer to your burning question is "Yes". There is full frontal male nudity in the film--but I won't ruin the surprise and tell you who takes it all off. So if you're hungry for some hilarious lowbrow humor and horny hunks, go see Eating Out: All You Can Eat. Your appetite will be satiated.

Show time: 5 pm, Saturday, November 7, at the Landmark Theater (2828 N. Clark)
Running time: 78 minutes
DVD: If you can't make it to the screening tomorrow, the DVD of the film will be released this Tuesday, November 10. Also, if you like Chris Salvatore's groovy tune during the closing credits, "It's You (The La La Song)", it's available on iTunes.

Other films I recommend seeing at Reeling 2009: The 28th Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival are (click on the title to read my review):

Fruit Fly at 2:30 pm, Sunday, November 8, at the Landmark Theater (2828 N. Clark)

American Primitive at 7:30 pm, Sunday, November 8, at the Landmark Theater

Training Rules at 7 pm, Monday, November 9, at the Landmark Theater

Shank at 9:15 pm, Wednesday, November 11, at the Landmark Theater

ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction at 9 pm, Friday, November 13, at Film Row Cinema (1104 S. Wabash)

For a complete schedule of films and events at the festival (which runs through November 15), go to You can purchase tickets either by phone (773-293-1447), online, or in person at Chicago Filmmakers (5243 N. Clark).

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