Butch Camp (1996)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Screwball Comedy  |   Run Time - 103 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Mark Deming

What's a nice guy to do if he just isn't able to find the man of his dreams? This is the dilemma that's befallen Matt (Paul Denniston), a sweet-natured but shy gay man who was dumped by his boyfriend three years ago. Matt is somewhat jealous of his roommate Danny (Bil Ingraham), whose evenings are dotted by a series of one-night stands, but Matt's interest in Danny fades when he moves out without warning, taking the furniture with him. Besides, Matt isn't interested in casual sex so much as (of course) someone to love. Tired of being walked on in life and love, Matt joins Butch Camp, a training facility for the less macho among us, where manic dominatrix Samantha Rottweiler (Judy Tenuta) whips her charges into shape. To enable her troops to fit in better with the manly outside world, Samantha gives each of the inmates a homework assignment: they have to go to (gasp!) a sports bar and pick up a woman. Needless to say, Matt is not looking forward to this project, but he goes forth with grim determination, swilling beer and objectifying women with the best of them, until he meets Janet (Jordan Roberts), who is about to give her boyfriend Rod (Jason Terisi) the old heave-ho. Matt takes one look at Rod and senses there's something about him that Janet hasn't quite figured out. This deliberately broad and politically incorrect comedy was something of a switch for writer/director Alessandro de Gaetano, whose previous project was the horror/sci-fi adventure Project: Metalbeast.



assertiveness, homosexual, lesbianism, seduction, sex