I saw the film “Shortbus” this past weekend while in Minneapolis. The audience was small and mostly comprised of gay men. Although I would not classify this film as a ‘gay’ film. The gay content is pretty high, but its more a relationship film, with plenty o’ straight relationships thrown in the mix.
I found the film to be quite charming and hypnotic. And you can tell it was done by the “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” guy. There is a very similar feel, complete with a musical number. And a lot of sex… real sex.
The film was definitely X rated and graphic when it came to showing sex. Gay sex. Straight sex. Fetish sex. Ejaculations. Orgasms. You name it. But really, that was a small part of the film– the sex was sort of the glue in the storyline (tangential pun intended).
The film is poignant, and sad, and funny. There are laugh-out-loud moments. One part in particular that involved a character singing the national anthem into a part of someone’s anatomy had me guffawing unabashedly. And it gave me some sterling ideas!
Mostly the film was about a group of people searching to fill the voids in their lives (happiness, meaning, acceptance, understanding, etc). And that shit always makes for good cinema. The sex was just part of the movie vehicle to transport them to what they were searching for.
I highly recommend seeing this film. It really does have an impressive storyline… in spite of the sex.
Or because of the sex.
Or because one of the male leads had an enormous penis (which he can autofellate).