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In essence, this is a typical college student sex comedy, with a definite gay bent (hence the subtle play on words in the title "Orientation". Hey, it beats the heck out of its original title, which was "Home of Phobia"!). Besides "fake gay" Clay, there are several other gay characters, including a flamboyant bar owner, played by John Goodman ("Roseanne") who offers the non-stylish Clay a "makeover." There are scemes at the college GLBT student group meetings, a night out for Clay and Amanda at a gay dance club, a roving campus slut (played by SNL's Rachel Dratch), a queer "poetry slam" night with a surprise star, a campus protest to the supposed gay-bashing of Clay, and the "coming out" of someone close to Clay.
Some reviews have compared it to "I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry", and it would be a masterpiece based on that criteria. But the truth is that this film also relies a bit too much (although not as much as C&L) on tired old stereotypes about gays and lesbians.Read more ›
Suffering from its own case of identity confusion, director Ryan Shiraki's screenplay reinforces stereotypes even as it's working hard to beat those stereotypes down. Gays, in particular, may find themselves evenly divided between encouragement and dismay over how they are portrayed in this film.
Still, there are enough moments of loopy charm to make the film worth seeing on a slow, rainy afternoon, and Sam Huntington and Kaitlin Doubleday have appeal and charisma to spare as Clay and his girl. And, as an added bonus, they are joined by John Goodman and Rachel Dratch in minor supporting roles.
Adam pretending to be gay is the main humor of the film. The film had a number of humorous moments and overall I enjoyed it in spite of none of the characters being real or done particularly well, other than John Goodman playing a gay bar tender.
A similar film is "Chicks Dig Gay Guys" although it is not one I recommend.
Guide: F-bomb, sex, nudity (3 uncredited)
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John Goodman was robbed. He totally deserved Best Actor for his performance in this movie.Published 2 months ago by William D. Colburn
So this is a movie which has not been treated well by a number of people. But this is more due to expectations beyond what should be expected of a teen comedy. Read morePublished 2 months ago by John J. Petry
abysmal - was hoping for silly, slap-stick, and light; but was trashy. Didn't watch past the first 20 minutes.Published 9 months ago by MSNEmommy
Slightly horrible story that needs lots of extras to make it exciting... but they didn't include any "extras".
Just another cheaply made quasi-comedy with poor acting.Published 14 months ago by Retired TX Engineer