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Butch Camp

2.8 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews

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What does a shy, nice gay guy to do if he just isn't able to find the man of his dreams? This is the dilemma that's befallen Matt a sweet-natured but shy gay man who was dumped by his boyfriend three years ago. Matt is jealous of his roommate Danny, whose evenings are filled 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 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, literally. 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 a straight sports bar and pick up a woman. Yikes! 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, who is about to give her boyfriend Rod the old heave-ho. Matt takes one look at Rod and senses there's something about him that Janet hasn't quite figured out. But he will certainly find out

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Product Details

  • Actors: Judy Tenuta, Paul Denniston, Jason Teresi, Jordan Roberts, Bill Ingraham
  • Directors: Alessandro De Gaetano
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Ariztical Entertianment
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2001
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005O076
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,977 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Butch Camp" on IMDb

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By M. FUSCO on September 8, 2002
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I put off buying this DVD for over a year, as I thought it was just going to be another campy farce. Not that I have anything against that, mind you. But this surprising little film is so much more than the title might suggest: it is as warm and intelligent as it is funny. For starters, in his apparent labor of love, writer/director Alessandro De Gaetano pays homage to cinema of all kinds throughout the script, with cinematic references ranging from 'Casablanca' and 'Star Wars' to 'Moonstruck' and 'Maurice'. Every character name has a Dickensian, if not to say Freudian, significance. The plot is a deftly woven blend of comedy, politics, and romance.
Butch Camp is a defense class for put-upon gays, run by outrageous, foul-mouthed, wise-cracking 'Sam' Rotweiller. Judy Tenuta is both butch and camp as Sam. Arch-wimp Matt (played by cute Paul Denniston like Woody Allen on speed) is underpaid, overworked, afraid of love and, fed up, he enrolls in the course. For his first assignment, he must go to a sports bar armed with butch vocabulary cards and infiltrate 'the enemy'. He encounters manipulative Janet Cockswell (yes, that's right), her gorgeous boyfriend Rod (!), and his friend Woody (!!). Rod is played by wonderful Jason Teresi, the sweetest hunk ever, without whose warmth, beauty, rye humor, and delightfully mischievous personality as a foil to Matt's nervous negativity, the film would not have worked. Matt is surprised to find someone 'straight' who is so sensitive, literate, and musical, with whom he has so much in common. Dismayed, disarmed, and despite his self-imposed aloofness, Matt starts to fall in love as Rod takes him under his wing. Janet and Rod are both attracted to Matt's bashful eccentricity.
Rod quietly and steadfastly pursues the hapless, defensive Matt.
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My partner and I sat down to watch this video, and it was slow moving at the first, and the plot was very weak, it turned out that I the sappy one watched it all the way through and my partner got up and did something else while I finished the movie.

If you remember for it's time period - it was great! Very sweet love story twist.
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Despite the fact that this film was all over the place and was inexplicably trying to tell about five stories at one time, it still had about 10-15 hysterically funny moments. It could have been so much better if the stories had connected better, but because it seemed that whoever wrote this had some kind of agenda or point to make or joke to make or stereotype to capture, it just went boomeranging inside a crazy box.

Judy Tenuta, who played the Butch Camp leader (and the Butch Camp was only one story line in this crazy quilt of insanity), was initially funny, but ultimately, she was a one-note joke and she never got beyond screaming and yelling. I never got a sense of character. Paul Denniston, who is frequently compared to Michael J. Fox in reviews, was, on the other hand, consistently funny and although he wasn't given a deep character to portray, his comic timing, his commitment to what the character was and his great personal appeal made me an instant fan.

Again, some gut-busting lines and I might watch it again if I were in the mood to laugh, but unfortunately the disparate story lines, which the screenwriter tried (unsuccessfully) to weave together, were so distracting and unsatisfactory that the movie just doesn't cut it. But, for a one-watch, casual entertainment, it works... but probably only if you're gay and/or are familiar with enough 90s trivia to recognize the too frequent attempts to be "contemporary."
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I am literally laughing out loud here - definitely NOT at this 100+ minutes of fiasco (I can't call it a movie or film), but rather at the 3,4 and 5 star "reviews" it has received here on Amazon. Obviously, those who actually watched the fiasco - or at least tried to - are the ones who gave it 1 or 2 stars. The 3,4 and 5 star reviews were undoubtedly written by the friends and family of the director, writers, producers and (ahem) actors after much begging, coercion, threats or under-the-table payments. These top reviews are so completely OVER the top in their positive descriptions, praise and adoration of the product as to make one roll their eyes and gag at the same time.

Me - I lasted about 9 1/2 minutes before scrambling for the remote to shut this mistake down.
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Once you get past the dated camp that permeates the movie, it's still pretty bad. The acting is mostly terrible, but I will say that the romance between Matthew and Rod is oddly sweet and the only worthwhile part of the movie. There were a few funny parts as well. Sweet in a b-movie kind of way.
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By A Customer on March 5, 2002
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This movie is so funny! I saw this film at the Gay & Lesbian Film Festival and never stopped laughing.
I enjoyed it.
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The main character is rather cartoon-like at first - it was like listening to a Saturday morning kids show. However, as the movie progressed he became much more endearing and the story ended up being rather touching.
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The main things I like about this film are Judy Tenuta and Paul Denniston. I've been a big fan of Judy's for years, and her over the top performance as Sam Rottweiler is exactly what one would expect from her, so she doesn't disappoint. Paul, on the other hand, is just so cute and sweet as Matt Grabowski that it's easy to see why Rod ends up falling for him. He's so adorable and idealistic that you just want to take him home with you and fall asleep with him in your arms.

Unfortunately, what I hate about the DVD is that the manufacturer converted the standard definition version of the film to a pseudo-widescreen format by cropping the top and bottom of each frame effectively losing a third of the picture. I don't mind when manufacturers offer that as an option alongside the original version of the film, but it's extremely annoying when they offer that as the only viewing option. Consequently, I prefer to watch the VHS version of the film over the DVD version.
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