Billed as the first pan-Yugoslav feature (minus Bosnia) since the country’s break-up, “The Parade” sees itself as a genial satire, but Srdjan Dragojevic’s tired and tiresome caricatures are just embarrassing. Using formulaic traits — effeminate gay men, over-macho nationalists — to convince auds to confront their homophobia might work for anyone still thinking Paul Lynde is fresh, but viewers who’ve watched gay-themed pics mature since the 1970s will cringe at this naively well-meaning but hopelessly dated farce. Local admissions have been strong, but more discriminating offshore queer showcases should avoid.
Dragojevic has made winning broad comedies before, but “Parade” recycles every cartoonish stereotype without finding anything real underneath. Bridal designer Mirko (Goran Jevtic) and his gay-rights colleagues in Belgrade are terrorized by gay-bashing thugs and abandoned by the cops. Partner Radmilo (Milosh Samolov), a vet, convinces Serb nationalist Lemon (Nikola Kojo) to offer protection in exchange for a tasteless wedding bash with gf Pearl (Hristina Popovic). Lemon calls in favors from former enemies in other ex-Yugoslav countries and confronts his own prejudices. If the pic helps combat Yugo homophobia then it’s worthwhile, but this is one comedy best left at home.