It’s back into the world of gay-themed rom-coms with Love Or Whatever, which follows Corey (Tyler Poelle) who thinks he’s got is all – a good job as a counsellor and a boyfriend who he’s about to propose to. However his lover, Jon (David Page), has different ideas. He’s nervous about the commitment he knows Corey is going to ask for and so ends up having a one-night stand – with a woman.
Corey doesn’t take this news well and throws Jon out. Things get worse when Corey discovers his boyfriend’s new lady is one of his clients. He’s torn between whether to pump her for information or whether do the right thing and pass her off to another shrink.
Things start to look better when Corey begins chatting with his pizza guy, a muscular Adonis who he’d always looked at from afar. Pete (Joel Rush) turns out to be far from the meathead many assume he is, but can Corey get over Jon and accept that perhaps beautiful people aren’t automatically out of his league?
Love Or Whatever is a light and frothy confection that may not add up to an awful lot, but it manages to tick the boxes of being sometimes funny and sometimes sexy, while whizzing along in amiable fashion with a smile of its face. It just sweet and romantic enough to ensure that by the end you’ll forgive its convenient plot twists and occasional randomness.
It’s helped by having a pretty good cast. Tyler Poelle holds things together well as Corey, even if his character does occasionally suffer from the gay-movie disease where you wonder if in real life you’d think he was a bit of a dick. Jennifer Elise Cox is also great as Corey’s lesbian sister, Kelsey, and gets many of the best lines. David Page and Joel Rush may have been cast more for their faces and physique than because you’d want them to take the lead in a production of Hamlet, but they’re still pretty good.
Rush in particular is an incredibly handsome guy, and if you watch Love Or Whatever and wonder where you’ve seen him before. It’s likely to be either from the Eating Out movies or because you’ve seen pictures of him modelling underwear (unsurprisingly those images are very popular on the internet). He may be more chiselled and buff than any human has a right to be, but thankfully he’s also a decent actor.
Overall Verdict: To be honest, Love Or Whatever doesn’t add up to a huge amount, but it offers just enough fun, farce and frothiness to make it worth a look.
Reviewer: Tim Isaac