“The Men Next Door”
All in the Family
I have been a fan of Rob Williams since his first film, “Long Term Companion” and let me just say that he keeps getting better and better. He explores our lives as gay men and then puts it all up on the screen. This time he goes in a bit of a different direction.Doug (Eric Dean) is a hunky pilates instructor who is facing his fortieth birthday alone. His friends are busy doing other things and he is somewhat upset. He is so upset in fact that when someone knocks on his door, he thinks that the cute guy is a stripper that his brother sent to wish him a happy birthday. Dean treats him a stripper but in just a few minutes, the two guys are going at it.
Dean quickly develops a crush on him but he is also dating an older man, (Michael Nicklin) and he likes him as well. It just so happens that the young guy and the mature male are father and son. Now you may think that I have just written a spoiler but as you watch the movie, you will quickly see that there are more surprises to come. I will say that you are in for a real treat with this film and that Doug will eventually have to make a choice between the two and they are quite competitive.
What is really interesting here is that we meet an “older” gay man and are aware of his needs as well. It is not just that this is a mature gay man but he is one who discovered his sexuality later in life and is comfortable with himself. Williams wrote the screenplay and directed the film which is full of laughs. If we really think about the situation that Eric faces, we would probably agree that it is a bit ridiculous but Williams makes it ring true. We begin to believe that this really happened and even more interesting is that we want all three to come out on top even when we know that someone won’t.
A word about the acting which is uniformly excellent but not to mention Eric Dean as Doug would just not be right. This is his film and he proves that as we watch.
- Posted in: GLBT Film