What do three non-bears do on the night of the dreaded Superbowl? Why, they blow off the straight man’s game and sit down to watch a tribute to the bear community with "Bear City".
This reviewer had more fun with the hairy and, in some cases, oversized men of this gay flick than seeing grown men swat each other on their behinds in tight uniforms....although that’s always nice to watch too. But back to "Bear City": this somewhat bear-tribute to "Sex and the City" features three disparate stories of men with extra hair and their quest for love and fun in NYC.
Even though the film is about those husky, hairy men, the central story revolves around a twink named Tyler (Joe Conti), who shyly visits bear chat sites and enters a tight bear friend circle. There’s the silver fox Daddy Bear Roger, whom Tyler falls for. Fred and Brent are the bear couple who hilariously open up their relationship. And Michael is the overweight one contemplating getting stomach surgery, giving the film some weight, so to speak, on the topic of extra flab in the gay world.
Based on good word-of-mouth, "Bear City" was a hit not only with the bear community but also the gays in general. As harmless and cute as the film is, "Bear City" falls into the inevitable rom-com traps of mainstream comedies. Everything is wrapped up in a tidy bow at the end, with no room for conflict, or even a sequel for that matter.
One is reminded of a gay fluff film from the late 90’s, ’Trick," whose similar theme of finding gay love was sweetly saccharine, yet almost a fantasy. "Bear City" follows the same path, yet that’s what makes this charming indie film work.
In good TLA Releasing fashion, there are numerous Blu-ray special features and most are enjoyable:
"Out of the Woods" - this making-of featurette has interviews with director Doug Langway and cast members. It’s revealed that "Bear City" was originally conceived as a 9-part series.
"BearSilly: Caught with Our Pants Down" - a naughty and irreverent bloopers reel which also features cast members at their uninhibited best.
"Puppy Dog Eyes" music video - a charming companion piece performed by cute singer Michael Mirlas.
"Homopop Interview" - another interview with Langway and also features an extended interview with hunky Gerald McCullouch, who plays Roger.
A photo gallery, audio commentary, and the "Bear City" trailer are also part of the special features.