Relax... It's Just Sex, on the other hand, is a more humble affair that presents seven or eight obvious gay stereotypes--lipstick lesbians, drama queens, muscle boys--and then tries to subvert them one by one with a whole lot of turbulent plotting and endless talk, some of it bitchily amusing but most of it, well, just talk.
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Several stock action-thriller ingredients are slung togetherand served up as new Hollywood hash in "Hostage," including aburned-out cop with personal problems, novice young criminals in over theirnervous heads, a brave little kid who outwits his kidnappers, and a possiblegovernment conspiracy hiding behind seemingly lesser crimes.
Bruce Willis plays an LAPD hostage negotiator who has losthis touch (with bloody results) and retired to a more relaxing job as policechief for a quiet, upscale enclave in the Southern California mountains.He's also left behind an unhappy wife and a bitter teenager (played bydaughter Rumor Willis), who pay an occasional visit to quarrel about apossible divorce.
But his tempered tranquility is truly shattered when asimple SUV theft by a threesome of hoodlum drop-outs turns into a cop-killingstand-off at the high-security cliffside compound of a rich resident (KevinPollak) who launders money for a group of shadowy, dangerous mystery men.
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After a deliriously funny title sequence that mocks thedorky and dated educational film style of the 1950s, "Relax...It'sJust Sex" threatens for the next 30 minutes to become another cloneof "Jeffrey," seemingly the touchstone for cross-over gay cinema.
The titles begin with a black-and white-sequence explaining,tongue-in-cheek, certain terms that might not be familiar to any heterosexualsin the audience:
"This is a lipstick lesbian," a monotoned narratordeclares, then proceeds to explain the term while two women kiss. "See?that wasn't so bad," the narrator deadpans. Then it's, "Thisis a gym queen," as two oily, smooth and sculpted guys on the screen...
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If you're only going to see one West Hollywood gay ensemble dramedy in your life,...
Several stock action-thriller ingredients are slung togetherand served up as new Hollywood hash in "Hostage,"...