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The Adonis Factor

3.5 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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SYNOPSIS
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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Adonis RAW Interview
Adonis Hot Men Shoot
Porn is Work
Director Interview
Adonis Trailer

Product Details

  • 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 (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00400L8XO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,897 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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This Documentory starts out highlighting and almost promoting the often shallow and pretentious gay circuit scene as it relates to the targeted muscular male demographic. As the film progresses you realize the intention of this production was to let the participants speak for themselves and share their story which is simply a reflection of the world they live in. This film exposes the harsh reality of what is really a self imposed prison of desperation to be accepted by other gay men. The "boys" from West Hollywood which were interviewed was a perfect example of this and how when taken too far can lead to disorders such as bulimia and anorexia. Sadly they seemed to think it was pretty funny and couldn't grasp how diseased they had all become. I'm really glad the filmmakers included a couple that appeared to be healthy and stable as well as a hyper masculine gay man that couldn't care less about the scene. It helped illustrate that not all gay men are so shallow and some are actually pretty normal and desirable. Finally the viewer is left to ponder why most of the hottest men portrayed are still single and don't appear at all that happy. Funnelling so much energy into your appearance definately has its drawbacks.
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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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