Last night, PJ and I watched the 2009 movie  Be Mine on DVD. (In fact, I think it was a straight-to-video movie — is that what the “V” means on http://www.imdb.com?) It stars Dan Selon as Mason, a college senior who has never kissed a boy. The movie is told in flashbacks: we see how he met the guy he’s just married and how he went from never-been-kissed to totally in love. Here’s the trailer:

We tried to watch this movie once before, but the DVD was defective. The few minutes we saw the first time made us wonder if it was worth trying again. Overall, I’d say that Be Mine is a likable romantic comedy, but it feels more like the pilot for a sitcom than a movie — it’s all set up with very little dramatic/comedic action.

Basically, Be Mine follows Mason as he sees a guy he thinks is cute, admits that he’s never been kissed (much less had sex), and meets up with the guy again at a party that night. All of this is told in flashbacks; we learn right off the bat that Mason has married this guy, Reiley, played by Jared Welch.

This flashback angle is part of the movie’s problem: we know where this is headed from the very beginning, which takes away any dramatic (or comedic) tension.

It’s also a little much to have Mason as the virginal, never-been-kissed gay guy. It just seems too unbelievable to have someone as cute as Dan Selon play this part. Plus it adds an unnecessary (and stupid) complication. Selon is very likable as Mason. And when he takes his clothes off during a gay of strip jenga and then jumps into the pool and hot tub, he’s totally hot. So it seems incredible that no one would have ever tried to kiss him. Even the most virginal gay guy I’ve ever know — one of my former students — had a boyfriend as an undergraduate. Based on my experience as a professor who teaches gay lit at a mid-sized mid-western university, it’s totally believable that Mason would have never been fucked — that remains a big deal to kids today — but never been kissed? It seems like a plot point made up by someone who doesn’t know any gay guys in college. (Or you have to recast the part to make it more believable!)

To prove my point, I’ve selected a few pictures of Selon from his website:

He’s totally hot. If I were the same age as him and we were in college together, I wouldn’t rest until I made out with him (at the very least). It’s just not credible that his character wouldn’t have at least a little experience by the time he’s a senior in college.

While I’m criticizing the film’s weaknesses, I also have to point out how irritating the gay, black best friend is in this movie. He’s way too over the top. So much so that it skirts really close to being a minstrel show. Again, too much.

But what PJ and I both liked about this movie is the party at the center of the plot. All of the characters end up at a party, and as an exploration of how one party, that you didn’t even want to go to, could become a magical evening and totally change your whole life. That seems like a promising film about a group of undergraduate gay friends.

Unfortunately, the writer, Jeremy Huntington, didn’t write a realistic comedy that limited itself to that one event. The script feels like he kept adding things to make it bigger and, theoretically, more interesting. I think smaller and more focused would have been better.

Overall, this is a pleasant enough film, but one that will be immediately forgettable after seeing it. I wish it had been better, since all of the elements are there, but it tries too hard to do too much and loses its way as a result.

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