A variably klutzy and disarming gay indie romantic comedy that meanders here and there during its overlong course.
Skinny, smooth “cub” seeks hairy older “daddy” in “BearCity,” a variably klutzy and disarming gay indie romantic comedy that meanders here and there during its overlong course. Helmer/co-writer Doug Langway’s first feature has the right basic elements for niche DVD and cable success, but its overly digressive storytelling cries out for considerable tightening, preferably at the script-development stage.
Twenty-year-old aspiring actor Tyler (Joe Conti) is too embarrassed to tell his compulsively thin Chelsea-boy peers about his jones for ampler flesh. Sneaking off to a Manhattan bear bar, he’s adopted by an older couple (likable Brian Keane as lusty Fred, delightfully droll Stephen Guarino as jaded nester Brent). They offer him room to rent, while differing on resultant menage-a-trois prospects. Meanwhile, Tyler pursues their stud-about-town pal Roger (a charming Gerald McCullough), who’s reluctant to let his A-list “muscle bear” pals know he’d fall for a mere “twink.” “Bear City” has many agreeable aspects, including one strong subplot with a conflicted fat/slim couple, but is notably repetitious and wayward at times, especially during one late romantic tangent that’s pure red herring. Assembly is decent.