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The Adonis Factor

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Chiseled bodies, flawless skin, sculpted jawlines. At a time when popular culture objectifies men more than ever, it s hard for them to avoid the pressure to possess such physical traits. In his follow-up to The Butch Factor, director Christopher Hines exposes how far some will go to attain the Adonis factor the kind of god-like masculine beauty only seen in ancient Greek sculptures.

Hines takes viewers on an eye-opening journey through circuit parties, gay porn, and avant-garde fashion photo shoots, all of which promote their own kinds of idealized physiques. By capturing a diverse range of voices from those who dedicate their lives to the pursuit of mainstream male beauty, to those who openly spurn it The Adonis Factor ultimately poses the question: does a man s fixation on body image make him any happier?

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  • Actors: Clint Catalyst, Gregory Cason, Bruce Vilanch, Anderson Davis, Quentin Elias
  • Directors: Christopher Hines
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: QC Cinema, Breaking Glass Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 2010
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00400L8XO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,424 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tim Brough VINE VOICE on December 5, 2010
Format: DVD
Beefcake everywhere you look, and why? "The Adonis Factor" takes to three cities to investigate (primarily Los Angeles, San Francisco and Atlanta, with a side trip to Palm Springs). Director and narrator Christopher Hines is on his second tour of this turf after his "The Butch Factor" in 2009, which was broader in focus. In "Adonis," he asks why big beefy men are the template for 'beauty' and talks to a bunch of them.

He also sidelines with talks with Titan Films, a plastic surgeon, a nude yoga instructor and a bunch of WeHo Twinks (who are all about ten years away from serious therapy). While the Adonises in the film fall into the spectrum of kind of sweet to genuinely annoying, it's the other interviews that shed light on the subject. The Goth Model Clint Catalyst is the most intriguing as a man who discovered his alternative nature and used it to his advantage. The trip to Lazy Bear is almost as interesting. One point I really wish Hines had spent more time on is the aging Colt Model as he muses on becoming the invisible former star. Which is amazing enough in the fact that he still looks like a million beefy bucks.

There are enough beefy men here of various ages (and several of them nekkid) to intrigue the voyeur viewers, but the underlying message is that the subset of A-Listers who cluster with fellow A-Listers aren't always as beautiful as you think. A trip into some smaller cities might have given the film more depth, then again, once goes where the pickings are best. Granted that finding poorly adjusted muscleheads in LA is like shooting sharks in a barrel, "The Adonis Factor" does a pretty good job at balancing the sexy and the smart.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Andy K on January 10, 2012
Format: DVD
I don't know what the purpose of this film was other than to re-establish the obvious fact that gay men are visually oriented and there is a large subsection of gay men who place their looks above everything else. In the film, we meet a lot of them. Most of them aren't really that attractive but they are self-confident, muscular, trendy and semi well-maintained. And several of them (at least three who were interviewed) are porn stars, although only one of them is identified as such. So, the subjects are maybe not exactly representative of the greater gay male population. We also meet some outcasts (bears, goths) who bravely defy the stereotypical images and live to tell about it. But the "hot" guys all seem kind of dumb and not self-aware. What is the documentary trying to say about these men? I really have no idea. It offers no healthy alternative and no new perspectives on the culture of body image. It's as superficial as its subjects.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D. Alexander TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 15, 2011
Format: DVD
This could have been a thoughtful retrospective on the shaping of male body image. Instead, it's a collection of facile observations superimposed on a constant barrage of voyeuristically-photographed shirtless men.

The key points include:

A. Pretty people are eye-catching.
B. Men are visual creatures.
C. Some gay men are image-obsessed.
D. Some gay men are insecure.
E. There's a feedback loop that results from physical fitness or the lack.

The first half of the movie is primarily interviews with shallow people describing their pressure to mold themselves into whatever physical ideal they feel their peer group demands. We then get a survey of industry practitioners that capitalize on body image: pornographers, a naked yoga instructor, therapists, and the like, followed by an off-key advertorial on medical anti-aging techniques. The film closes with commentary from older gay men who have found ways, whether by choice or force, to make themselves attractive outside of physical beauty.

All well and good, this, but not particularly insightful. What long-term harm might we expect from an overemphasis on appearance? Was it a backlash to the appearance of the AIDS-afflicted in the 1980s, or did the cultural shift begin earlier? To what extent is it reinforced by the fashion industry, or those that would seek to profit from insecurity? Are there parallels with metrosexuality in the straight population?

Grabbing this low-hanging fruit would have made for a vastly more interesting documentary. As-is, I can't recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Mccormick on January 25, 2013
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I just watched this on NetFlix and I'm here to purchase a copy for my collection. As an openly aging gay man I was surprised at how well this documentary was. It hits on the pressures of being a gay male in places like SF in the Castro or LA or New York. There is an ABUNDANT amount of pressure, esp if your young and just coming out. It's fatal to some it's so bad. Back in the day (80's) I developed a very thick skin early on and what I couldn't handle, unfortunately, I turned to substances with which to deaden my perception of what I couldn't handle or didn't want to face. Clean and sober now for over 20 years, life goes on. Back in the day I saw myself as just too different to really fit in to many of these groups that I wanted so badly to be a part of and I simply wasn't prepared to deal with rejection of it emotionally. Now the pressure is even more so as there are even more sub cultures to deal with and it's not easy for allot of folks to deal with. Folks who view this film as "paltry eye candy" with very little substance really don't know what it's like. For folks that want a good documentary on what's going on in many of the gay sub cultures captured in interviews and yes visuals then this will be helpful to them in understanding. I liked that many of these Adonises admit that it's not all about looks. It's not meant to scare guys but it is good to go in prepared for the pressure or just be strong enough to say "I'm good the way I am" and move forward.
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