“Good As You” is marketed as Italy’s first gay comedy, but it’ll take something less flamingly stereotypical than this retro romp before the country can say, “You’ve come a long way, baby.” Mariano Lamberti’s sophomore feature, adapted from a homonymous play (the title forms the acronym “GAY”), is like an overwritten sitcom that happens to function as a guide to Rome’s few pink locales. Embracing every queer cliche — the screaming queen, the obsessive serial monogamist, the predatory dyke, etc. — hardly throws the gauntlet down for equality, though omnivorous gay fests may come calling.
On New Year’s Eve, shy, HIV-positive Claudio (Enrico Silvestrin) is set up on a blind date with immaculate Adelchi (Lorenzo Balducci). But this is no tete-a-tete: The party includes Claudio’s hard-edged lesbian sis, Francesca (Lucia Mascino); Adelchi’s confused straight sis, Silvia (Daniela Virgilio); his outrageously camp friend, Marco (Diego Longobardi); and other hangers-on. That evening, and in the months (clumsily signaled) to follow, they all fight, sleep together, sleep with others, and ultimately form a family, yet the tired tropes become wearisome. Lensing is unremarkable, while a midsummer night’s costume party is plain embarrassing.