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No matter how much the media and the glitteratti want me to, I simply cannot muster up the will to even contemplate, let alone actually drag my weary carcass to a movie theatre, to watch a love story about gay cowboys.

I guess that makes me a homophobe.

Just who is the demo for this flick?

Posted by Rand Simberg at December 08, 2005 08:24 AM
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For what flick? Apparently, I'm not in the target demo, either, because I have no idea what movie you're talking about, and there aren't any links.

Posted by John Breen III at December 8, 2005 09:02 AM

Googling "gay cowboys" provides plenty. I didn't really want to throw them the traffic or up their ranking.

Posted by Rand Simberg at December 8, 2005 09:04 AM

I think it's called "Bareback Mounting."

Posted by McGehee at December 8, 2005 09:17 AM

Drudge has the theory that this silly film is designed to be a finger in the eye for Red State America. Makes sense to me. A lot of films that have been produced these days seem to have the effect.

Posted by Mark R. Whittington at December 8, 2005 09:42 AM

Perhaps what Drudge is reported to say is partially it.

I suspect what it really is, is that whoever made the film simply doesn't realise it won't be very popular.

I mean, who in Hollywood circles would even admit to not wanting to see such a film?

And that discounts the probability that Hollywood is filled with the sort of people who, for whatever reasons (such as honestly thinking that gay-studies-gender-criticism-postmodern-whatever is Real Scholarship And Very Important), really do think such films are good and meaningful and Important.

When everyone around you either really thinks it's great, or doesn't dare say otherwise, well, it's easy to think something is a better idea than it is.

That it makes the Jesus lovin' Red State Bush Votin' rubes disgusted is just the cherry on top, so to speak, under this theory.

Posted by Sigivald at December 8, 2005 10:26 AM

"You show me one independent film that isn't about gay cowboys eating pudding".

Posted by Cartman at December 8, 2005 10:30 AM

The bonus for them, I guess, is that when it tanks at the box office, they get to call us all homophobes.

Posted by Rand Simberg at December 8, 2005 10:39 AM

Do I take it that none of you will be rushing out to see this movie? But, but, it's got all the elements of a blockbuster hit:

Mushy style drama - CHECK
Gay cowboys - CHECK
Gay love story - CHECK
Preachy message about
intolerance of gays - CHECK

I mean--what more could you ask for? =)

Posted by kayawanee at December 8, 2005 11:23 AM

The test for me is - would I see this if it were a hetero love-story? Based on the trailer .. um .. no.

I've got better things to do, thanks anyway Hollywood.

Posted by Brian at December 8, 2005 12:03 PM

I'll be seeing this movie about gay cowboys. Homosexuality is a fact of life for many people and
castigating films for portraying gay relationships makes about as much sense as castigating films for showing heterosexual relationships.

Posted by X at December 8, 2005 06:49 PM

Anonymous moron--

I didn't "castigate the film about showing gay relationships," regardless of whether or not "homosexuality is a fact of life." I in fact believe that homosexuals are born, not made. But that doesn't mean that I want to watch movies about them. I merely pointed out that I have no interest in films about gay relationships.

If you want to go watch movies about gay cowboys, knock yourself out. Just don't expect most people to join you.

Posted by Rand Simberg at December 8, 2005 06:58 PM

I can't even stand most straight romances. This just looks like a same-sex variation on, oh I don't know, that one about the letter or whatever it was. Or Titanic. Titanic on a mountain with horses instead of a sinking ship and two Leo DiCaprios instead of one. I'd rather watch paint dry.

Posted by Andrea Harris at December 8, 2005 09:09 PM

People want to identify with what they watch on the silver screen. Gay romance films will thus always have a small audience.

(Which makes me wonder if lesbians will watch this flick.)

Posted by Alan K. Henderson at December 8, 2005 09:47 PM

Well, to try and clean up a rather crude accusation I heard in my past; Who had pictures of whom in bed with what furry creatures to be able to blackmail enough money to make this stinker?

Posted by Jhn1 at December 8, 2005 10:54 PM

I think the missing information here is that gay males make up a fairly large percentage of the number of tickets sold to movies. They are over represented in theaters vis a vis the general population because, on average, they make more than the mean income and attend a higher number of artistic events. So like women (chick flicks) and blacks, Hollywood has decided that the time is right to make pictures aimed at that demographic.

The only thing that annoys me about this is the unlikelyhood of Hollywood doing anything for us raging heterosexuals. Where is the next Russ Meyer?

Posted by K at December 9, 2005 12:38 AM

I'd say the target demo is obviously the Hollywood echo chamber.

Posted by JSAllison at December 9, 2005 12:21 PM

The problem with this flick is clearly not the gay love story, but the lack of fire arms. I would rework it to have the two saddle buddies be wild west bandits. Then we can throw in some train robberies, some bank robberies, a long chase with a posse, some gun fights with a homophobe sherrif, and finally a last stand in some Bolivian hell hole. The last seen can feature a tender moment or two before our heroes go out in a blaze of glory.

Posted by Mark R. Whittington at December 9, 2005 01:13 PM

That might be a good idea, Mark -- though I have to confess that "gay action movie" strikes me as even less inviting than "gay cowboy romance."

But that could be just me.

Posted by McGehee at December 9, 2005 01:23 PM

I would rework it to have the two saddle buddies be wild west bandits.

That movie, I would watch.

I mean, I think I have, but I'd certainly pay to see it 'updated'.

Posted by Brian at December 10, 2005 11:41 AM

Mark - There's a Mexican movie like this.

Rand - It's perfectly OK not to want to see this movie and that doesn't make you a homophobe. I saw it the other night and it was an excellent but depressing movie. The script has been kicking around Hollywood for 5 years or more and everyone knew it would make a superb movie, but for whatever reason it took a long time before it was made.

Posted by Kevin Parkin at December 10, 2005 12:35 PM

It's perfectly OK not to want to see this movie and that doesn't make you a homophobe.

I know that. I was being satirical, echoing the attitude of many who will believe that I must be because I have no interest in gay cowboys...

Posted by Rand Simberg at December 10, 2005 12:48 PM

Maybe this place should be called homophobic musings instead.

Posted by X at December 10, 2005 05:06 PM

You know, I used to actually like this place despite the medieval political views often expressed. But Rand calling me a moron has just killed the experience for me. How could you do such a thing to one of your loyal readers Rand? How hurtful to have to experience such hatred from you.

Posted by X at December 10, 2005 05:09 PM

I don't hate morons, anonymous moron. One of the marks of an idiotarian is to describe any opinions that they don't like as "hate."

Posted by Rand Simberg at December 12, 2005 05:09 AM

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