Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 20, No. 45, Ed. 1 Friday, March 12, 2004 Page: 39 of 72
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2 midnight cowboys
What's so wrong about laughing at shamelessly
offensive gay stereotypes?
WE ONLY DO IT FOR THE MONEY: Stumbling onto a sure source of revenue — blowing and then pick-pocketing old guys
at the local gay bar — straight bloke Byron (Brendan Mackey, right) talks Kenny (Glenn Mulhern) into doing the same.
By Steve Warren Contributing Film Critic
When the word got out about "9 Dead Gay
Guys" the word was "politically incorrect." It
seemed like it would be used equally as a criti-
cism and a selling point. You knows "Screw the
PC Police. See this movie anyway." A lot worse
movies have been sold that way.
Maybe I just have a thick
skin, but I didn't find "9 Dead
Gay Guys" all that politically
incorrect. The film, which will
be screened as part of Fort
Worth's Q Cinema program on
Thursday, features some stereo-
typical characters, but what movies don't? And
this one tacks on a message that says sometimes
stereotypes apply and sometimes they don't,
which is better than the movies that take them for
Judging from the reaction in my family, this
movie is going to divide audiences. I liked it, my
partner didn't. Let him write his own review. Do
I tell him how to do his job? (Well, sometimes I
try, but that's another story.)
Filmmaker Lab Ky Mo turns a queer eye on
straight Guy Ritchie with his version of "Lock,
Stock & Two Smoking Barrels," set in a gay cor-
ner of London. It's "Queer as Folk" without the
angst but with more expendable characters
(hence the title).
Kenny (Glen Mulhern) comes over from
Ireland to join his layabout mate Byron (Brendan
Mackey), who's been telling him, "The streets of
London are paved with gold." He soon learns the
truth: Byron's been giving blowjobs to earn
money for booze. It's easy because the nearest
pub is a gay one, and the second-nearest is not
only gay but has a backroom where Byron can
pick a bloke's pocket while sucking his dick.
"Giving a guy a blowjob was what I called
legitimate, lucrative work," he tells us. "Stealing
a bloke's money while giving him a blowjob was
what I called illegitimate, lucrative work."
Byron's best customer is Jeff (Steven Berkoff),
who makes Quentin Crisp look butch. He's said
9 DEAD GAY GUYS
Starring Glen Mulhern
and Brendan Mackey
Written and directed by Lab Ky Mo
Rave Motion Pictures Ridgmar 13,
in Fort Worth. March 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Running Time 1 hr. 23 min. R
to have killed his wife over a decade ago and
"true to her memory, hadn't touched another
All this is too much for Kenny, who never had
a gay thought in his head in the auld country. But
when in Rome — er, London ...
I mean, he needs drinking
While their personal story is
playing out, the local gay com-
munity is rocked by a series of
murders. First to go is The
Queen (Michael Praed), the dis-
creet lover of Golders Green (Simon Godley), a
deeply closeted Orthodox Jew known by the
name of the neighborhood he lives in. The Queen
fooled around on Friday nights while his partner
was in synagogue, and was apparently done in by
Golders is the most controversial stereotype
— a Jew rumored to hoard money in his house
— which may have been the motive for the mur-
der. Well, if Shakespeare and Dickens (was Fagin
a faygelehT) could get away with it...
It's not as if other characters are less stereotyp-
ical or their stereotypes more flattering, be they
Irish, gay, lesbian, black, vertically challenged or
whatever. That's why we meet people with
Damon Runyonesque names like Donkey-Dick
Dark, The Iron Lady, The Desperate Dwarf, The
Three West African Brothers, Dick-Cheese
Deepak and Old Nick, one of the UFOs (Ugly
Don't worry if you don't like them. Most if not
all of them are going to die. (Omigod, will they
If you can't laugh at stereotypes — and I
understand why many can't — "9 Dead Gay
Guys" is not the movie for you. If you're not that
sensitive and enjoy the fast-paced, very British
style of "Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels"
and "Snatch," made by Guy Ritchie before he
was Mr. Madonna, this movie may make you die
laughing — and there's the start of a sequel.
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Vercher, Dennis. Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 20, No. 45, Ed. 1 Friday, March 12, 2004, newspaper, March 12, 2004; Dallas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth238885/m1/39/: accessed June 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.