This strenuously unfunny follow-up to the uneven but often uproarious "Another Gay Movie" duly maintains the original's levels of raunch and gross-out gags, but it all feels perfunctory, with comic inspiration distinctly lacking.

Even a sequel that makes fun of sequelizing can suffer the dread sophomore slump, as illustrated by “Another Gay Sequel: Gays Gone Wild!” This strenuously unfunny follow-up to the uneven but often uproarious “Another Gay Movie” duly maintains the original’s levels of raunch and gross-out gags, but it all feels perfunctory, with comic inspiration distinctly lacking. Nonetheless, the first edition’s success (primarily on DVD) should pave the way for decent niche theatrical returns and good ancillary biz. Gradual U.S. theatrical rollout commences Aug. 29 in New York, Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Three of the four lead characters are played by new actors, with an opening “Wizard of Oz” parody offering one explanation for why they “all look slightly different” — perhaps because certain actors’ agents think “doing two gay movies in a row will make people think you’re actually gay.”

Only holdover is Jonah Blechman as extreme queen Nico. Now in college, he, Griff (Aaron Michael Davies), Jarod (Jimmy Clabots) and Andy (Jake Mosser) are flying to Fort Lauderdale for spring break, discovering en route that a fellow passenger is Internet gossip maven Perez Hilton (playing himself). Servicing a priest in the loo, the latter hits his head and becomes an evangelizing religious zealot — one of many potentially funny ideas here that go nowhere.

At a resort presided over by RuPaul and Lady Bunny, the quartet sign up for a “Gays Gone Wild” contest that awards prizes to whoever gets laid the most during their stay. Past winner is imperious blond Jasper (Will Wikle), who, with two flunkies also named Jasper (Brandon Lim, Issac Webster), tries to foil the newcomers’ chances. Meanwhile, monogamous couple Griff and Jarod experiment with an “open relationship;” Andy struggles to resist the available sexual smorgasbord in favor of chaste new beau Luis (Euriamis Losada); and in this sea of gym bunnies, uber-femme Nico has trouble attracting anyone at all.

Returning director-scenarist Todd Stephens maintains the prior pic’s high energy and bright color schemes, with the setting allowing for a major increase in eye candy of the barely clad kind. (Porn faves Brent Corrigan, Colton Ford and Michael Lucas contribute to the latter in variably sizable roles.) But while their replacements are agreeable enough, the original’s absent leads are missed, as they brought a certain sweetness to the proceedings that this yea-more-crass follow-up sorely lacks.

Worse, pic is more often simply effortful rather than funny, with gags involving vomit, poo, superglue and so forth scoring more yucks than yuks. Even a musical number and a zombie nightmare fail to draw the desired laughs. Blechman has some good moments in which he seems to be channeling Joan Crawford in full histrionic mode, and brief animation by Justin Winslow is another bright spot.

Tech package is decent.

Another Gay Sequel: Gays Gone Wild!

Production

A TLA Releasing release and presentation, in association with Luna Pictures and Caveat Films, of a TLA Releasing production. Produced by Todd Stephens, Derek Curl. Executive producers, Eric Eisenbrey, Markus Goetze, Raymond Murray, Richard Wolff, Claire Brown Kohler, Eric Moore, Patrick Murray, Jonah Blechman, Michael Wolfson, Charlie Knox, Johnny Behr. Co-producers, Gary Granger, Eric Eisenbrey, Markus Goetze. Directed, written by Todd Stephens, from a story by Stephens, Eric Eisenbrey.

Crew

Camera (color, HD-to-35mm), Carl Bartels; editor, Spencer Schilly; music, Marty Beller; music supervisor, Bill Coleman; production designer, Thom Lussier; art directors, Mike Sanzone, Sean Mount; costume designer, Peter Lovello; sound (Dolby Digital), Andrejs Prokopenko; animation, Justin Winslow; assistant director, Mike Meador; casting, Eve Battaglia, Collin Daniel, Brett Greenstein. Reviewed on DVD, San Francisco, August 5, 2008. (In San Francisco Lesbian & Gay Film Festival; NewFest, New York.) MPAA Rating: R. Running time: 98 MIN.

With

Jonah Blechman, Jake Mosser, Aaron Michael Davies, Jimmy Clabots, RuPaul, Lady Bunny, Will Wikle, Euriamis Losada, Brandon Lim, Issac Webster, Brent Corrigan, Lypsinka, Jim Verraros, Colton Ford, Amanda LePore, Michael Lucas, Ashlie Atkinson, Stephanie McVay, Andersen Gabrych, Perez Hilton, Scott Thompson.

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