“Romance can be hairy” BearCity is an American gay-themed comedy drama in the style of Sex in the City. Following the lives and loves of a group of close friends who experience comical escapades and romance as they ready themselves for a big party weekend, we meet Tyler (Joe Conti), a “twink” (generally, slim and hairless men) who is attracted to “bears” (large and typically hairy men).
Tyler, an aspiring young actor in his early twenties, moves to New York City to further his career. He moves in with Fred (Brian Keane) and Brent (Stephen Guarino), who have been looking for a flatmate. Tyler hopes to experience plenty of sexual escapades, with his fantasy and ideal man, a bear, but finds he finds that his kind of good looks aren’t necessarily wanted in his new group of friends. In time, Tyler falls for Fred and Brent’s bear friend Roger (Gerald McCulloch) who is a ‘stud-about-town’. Tyler and Roger hit it off, but Roger is worried that people will judge him for having a relationship outside the bear community and so is not too keen on introducing Tyler to his friends.
“Douglas Langway’s middling comedy is sort of a “Sex and the City” for big, hirsute gay guys and the younger cubs who fancy them.”
— Lou Lumenick, New York Post
“It’s a sweet movie with a lot of heart, and a few scenes made me melt.”
“I approached the film’s theme with as much knowledge of the world of Bears as Simon’s (Alex Di Dio) character, but what a gem of a film! I only wish Roger (Gerald McCullouch) had caught cupid’s arrow a little quicker, but that’s me being a big softie, much like the wonderful characters in BearCity.”
— Alexander Ryll, Gay Essential
Did You Know?
A novel of the film, BearCity was also written by Lawrence Ferber, the co-writer of the film and was published in 2013. GayCelluloid.com said of “BearCity”, “…comes off as a sexy, romantic comedy, one that is all about love and relationships, whether you happen to be a bear or not.” Review our Gay Themed Films Here
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