Kiss Me, Guido

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +1 1/2

Content: -3

Frankie (Nick Scotti) discovers his brother having sex with Frankie's wife and since they all live together in Mama and Papa's house in The Bronx, he suddenly finds himself answering an ad for a GWM roommate. With his macho Italian background, this naive young man assumes that means "Guy With Money." Not until he has moved in with Warren does he discover GWM stands for Gay White Male and we learn "Guido" is slang for "straight." Warren has recently broken up with his gay lover and cannot afford to pay the rent on his upscale apartment. The only interest Frankie and Warren share is their love of the stage. Warren dabbles in acting and has some friends in the field, and Frankie sees this as an opportunity to fulfill his lifelong dream. The film offers the gay community one hilarious scene after another as Frankie interacts with Warren and his close circle of friends and former lovers. For the rest of us, the humor will fall flat.

After Frankie agrees to act in a homosexual play, he refuses to kiss his co-star while rehearsing. However, on opening night Frankie plays the part to the hilt, earning the respect of his new friends. One of Frankie's Bronx buddies falls madly in love with a cross-dresser, thinking he's really a she. When Warren realizes Frankie is straight, he swears he will not live with a breeder, and his friend declares, "Oh, it's just a phase he's going through." This is just another propaganda film to present the homosexual lifestyle as misunderstood by heterosexuals, and the heterosexuals as fools. A sexually starved landlady, a womanizing brother with the morals of a tomcat, and temperamental, effeminate gay men create an atmosphere filled with explicit "gay" jokes, obscenities and crude conversations. KISS ME, GUIDO should have gone directly to video instead of subjecting the general public to such trash.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Paramount Pictures, 35 Columbus Circle, NY, NY 10023-7780

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (19) times - Mild 2, Moderate 17

Obscene Language: Many (61) times - F-word 32, s-word 22, other 7

Profanity: Few (2) times - regular (G 1, GD 2)

Violence: Once - Moderate (homosexuals engage in brief fight with heterosexual men)

Sex: Three times - graphic motions and noises (man with brother's wife, unmarried couple on couch twice; none with nudity)

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Heterosexual men's conversations filled with crude references to sex, women and genitals

Drugs: Some social drinking

Other: Homosexual lifestyle promoted as appropriate alternative lifestyle

Running Time: 90 minutes
Intended Audience: Gay community

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