Rod and Bob Gay-Paris are a gay couple trying to raise their two gay sons, Alex and Tommy, in a more open manner rather than using traditional parenting skills. They try to mentor their children on the ins and outs of gay culture: when and how to toss another man's salad, having sex in a public bathroom and even how gay couples give birth.
No matter how long you've been watching movies or how far you think you've delved into the depths of transgressive art, you aren't necessarily prepared to hear a character deliver the line, "The obstetrician delivered you both from your mother's asshole, son." Or, "Remember, just because you've eaten a man's ass doesn't mean you owe him dinner."
"The Gays" is the newest film from New York-based indie filmmaker, T.S. Slaughter ("Skull & Bones"), about gay couple, Rod and Bob Gay-Paris, raising their two gay children with the knowledge and wisdom passed down from gay generation to gay generation. With the help and mentoring from their parents, Alex and Tommy will be suited to face the world and whatever may come their way.
I think I deserve a reward for not going with the obvious cum pun there, but I digress. While being a bit overly dramatic in the opening paragraph, I can say with honesty that I was not prepared for the unapologetic and unrestrained raunchy humor that would transpire in "The Gays". I don't know for certain who T.S. Slaughter found inspiration from -- if any -- for this film, but it's hard not to get a John Waters vibe from the film's forward nature that's both crass and absurd.
In the trailer you can get an idea of how far over-the-top the humor in "The Gays" is going to go, and I wasn't sure how well I would enjoy it since I thought it might go too far and become stupid for stupid's sake. How far the movie goes and how absurd it gets works greatly in the movie's favor because I don't think it could have worked any other way. Ultimately, "The Gays" is a satirical take on the great American sitcom (with an opening theme song and all) but done with just about every ridiculous gay stereotype that there is.
Undoubtedly designed intentionally on the part of T.S. Slaughter for the movie to be viewed like this, but there is another level humor derived from the movie that when you take a step back and look at the bigger picture. You can see that the ridiculous and absurd characters are probably genuine representations of how those with extremely homophobic tendencies, view people who are gay or part of the LGBTQ community. Thinking about the movie in that context made me laugh because I could actually see a group of people with those kind of extremist viewpoints making something like "The Gays", to exist as some form of an anti-gay propaganda film.
I'm sure that may sound strange but the comedy in "The Gays" is derived from it playing up those ridiculous stereotypes to nth degree. Like the idea that gay parents would raise their children with the intention of making them gay as well by giving them pacifiers with penises -- something you actually see in the movie. Granted it's taking place in satirical movie, but it's just so goddamn ridiculous you could believe that someone with such a disillusioned outlook on life could believe that what occurs within "The Gays" is actually based on reality, as sad as that is. Sad but funny.
Being able to watch the movie from that kind of angle is something that I found interesting -- and funny -- about the movie. That and how far "The Gays" is willing to push everything. The movie wants to offend and shock with its humor but then it takes it even further to a point where it goes from being (possibly) offensive to amusingly over-the-top. Instead of just leaving the idea of gay anal-pregnancy and birth as a being a ludicrous idea and remark, we actually get to see this moment in all its horrifying rectal-clenching glory.
That's the kind of movie that "The Gays" is though. This sort of delirious combining of a sitcom family format with absurd stereotypes into one audacious, raunchy and completely over-the-top satire film. Now that I think about it, "The Gays" is actually more like one long and elaborate dirty joke. Kind of like The Aristocrats. Rather than being a typical comedy movie, it's as if T.S. wanted to see how far it could push the audience. Starts off mild but keeps adding and adding to the vulgarity and absurdity to see where the audience draws the line, if at all. And because the movie is unapologetic with its humor and willingness to push those kind of levels, "The Gays" will either clear a room or have everyone laughing.