Luring you in with a concept that has only really been seen in soaps and mainly carried out as heterosexual storylines, The Men Next Door makes you feel as though you’re about to see something a little different in terms of gay cinema. However once the film begins it’s rather disappointing to find that it’s just another mound of clichés, stereotypes and unfunny comedy. [Read more…]
It’s interesting that in the last few years a real gay movie ‘industry’ has sprung up, with its own actors and stars. Writer/director Rob Williams has previously made the gay-themed likes of 3-Day Weekend, Make The Yuletide Gay and Role/Play, and now he’s back with The Men Next Door. To help him he’s pulled together a cast who’ve been seen in various other gay movies, such as Benjamin Lutz (The Love Patient, Bite Marks), Mark Cirillo (The Seminarian), Christopher Schram (Requited) and Ronnie Kroell (Eating Out: Drama Camp, Into The Lion’s Den), along with some others who are newer to the LGBT flick game. [Read more…]
Guest House Films today announced the casting of the three lead actors for its upcoming feature film, The Men Next Door – Eric Dean (Nine Lives,George’s Intervention), Michael Nicklin (The George & Alana Show) and Benjamin Lutz (Bite Marks, The Love Patient).
In the fast-paced feature comedy, Dean will star as Doug, a 40-year-old gay man who finds himself dating two very different men – 50-year-old Jacob (played by Nicklin) and 30-year-old Colton (played by Lutz). What Doug doesn’t learn right away is that the two equally lovable men are, in fact, father and son.
“I cannot wait to get on set with these three actors – individually, they are each extremely talented and charismatic, but when we put them together during the audition process, we immediately saw something special that should translate into amazing on-screen chemistry,” said Rob Williams, writer and director of The Men Next Door.
Principal photography on The Men Next Door, which will be produced by Rodney Johnson and Williams, is expected to begin in May, and will be distributed by Guest House Films after a film festival run.
Anyone interested in supporting The Men Next Door is encouraged to visit the film’s IndieGoGo campaign page at www.indiegogo.com/themennextdoor. For more information on Guest House Films and The Men Next Door, visit www.guesthousefilms.com or www.facebook.com/guesthousefilms, or follow Guest House Films on Twitter (@guesthousefilms).
There’s been an odd trend in recent years for comedies to be about unpleasant people who it’s difficult to like. Whether it’s Jason Bateman fathering Jennifer Aniston’s child without her knowledge in The Switch, or Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler trying to outdo each other in the impossible-to-empathise-with stakes in The Ugly Truth, there seem to be more rom-coms about assholes than ones about people you might actually like. The Love Patient seems to want to ensure that gay cinema doesn’t miss out on this trend.
The movie follows Paul, who’s feeling a bit down on his luck as the ex-boyfriend he still loves has found a new man and nothing else in his life seems to be going his way either. In his spare time, he volunteers at a medical centre (his sole redeeming feature), where he hatches a plan to make people care for him – pretend he has cancer. [Read more…]