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The Men Next Door

by Padraic Maroney
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Friday Jan 18, 2013
The Men Next Door

What would you do if you found out your boyfriend was also seeing your father? That's the somewhat icky problem at the center of Rob Williams' ("Make the Yuletide Gay," "Long-Term Relationship") new film "The Men Next Door."

Doug just turned 40 and has found himself in a pickle - he's fallen for two different, but great, guys. There's Colton, a 30-year-old who lives next door and also Jacob, a 50-year-old who came out later in life. What he doesn't know is that they are actually father and son! Everything is going well, until the familial connection is discovered and then mayhem ensues. The romantic comedy elicits plenty of genuine laughs and star Benjamin Lutz is making himself the gay cinema equivalent of Julia Roberts with winning performances here and 2011's "The Love Patient."

The DVD includes an audio commentary with the three main actors and Williams. Through the commentary, you are able to get a sense of how much all of them enjoyed working on the film and with each other. The only problem is that sometimes the men end up talking over each other, making it hard to hear them. On such a low budget film, it's always interesting to hear how the filmmakers were able to stretch the budget without losing onscreen quality.

The "Behind Closed Doors" featurette is a behind the scenes look at the film, but with just Williams participating it just limps along. The writer/director/producer talks for 11 minutes without sharing too much information and the feeling is that he could have gone on much longer if allowed. This is a featurette that should have been shortened to tighten up what he was trying to get across, or the filmmakers should have included the cast to liven it up a bit.

The disc rounds out its special features with a pair of deleted scenes and a blooper reel. The second deleted scene is awkward on its own, with father and son sharing a bedroom and talking about sleeping naked, and would be even more so if it were left intact during the film. Hunky Lutz is a hoot in the blooper reel when he goes off script on a riff that includes "American Horror Story," "Indecent Proposal," and midget references.

"The Men Next Door" has more special features then many gay films receive when they are released onto DVD. But the real attraction here is not the extras, but the actual movie itself. If only one of the features explained how to find cute men next door like in the movie. That would be something!

The Men Next Door


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