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Andrew Sullivan reviews Bear City 2: The Proposal, which premieres today, and takes place in Provincetown:

If you want an intro to bear culture, you cannot really beat it. But what struck me about the movie - more than its predecessor - is its mainstream romantic comedy structure. It's not gay-funny; it's just funny. And oddly moving. It has characters you actually come to care about a bit; and it's one of the first movies to explore what marriage equality is doing to gay culture.

Watch the trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Saw it in PTown and loved it. There were actually a bunch of bears in the audience tearing up, but not for the scene you think. :3

    Posted by: luminum | Jul 20, 2012 11:11:59 AM

  2. Ugh! I thought the first one was bad enough!

    Posted by: Fruit-for-Peace | Jul 20, 2012 11:16:36 AM

  3. well that certainly looks intolerably awful.

    Posted by: seriously? | Jul 20, 2012 11:53:00 AM

  4. I think the really good thing about Bear culture is that life is not over when you are over 30 or 30 lbs over weight. Or over 40 and 40 lbs over.. Or over 50 or You get it... . I have always loved facial and body hair !! The first movie was a little silly but very enjoyable , look forward to this one.

    Posted by: Tom in long beach | Jul 20, 2012 12:09:26 PM

  5. some guys are into hair...great for them...but celebrating and embracing obesity is just another example of the gay community using our "freedom" to justify unhealthy and self destructive behaviors.

    Posted by: QJ201 | Jul 20, 2012 12:18:18 PM

  6. whatever floats your boat

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jul 20, 2012 12:20:02 PM

  7. QJ201, thanks for your genius and all knowing comment.

    Posted by: Jerry | Jul 20, 2012 12:26:28 PM

  8. that guy in the pic with the beard- WOOOOF

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Jul 20, 2012 12:32:31 PM

  9. Bears aren't necessarily overweight (that would put them more in the "chub" category on dating sites)--they're just more likely to sport (or appreciate) body hair, and aren't into the gym-twink-anorexic look that a lot of gay culture and the media idolizes. Ben Cohen is an absolutely beautiful bear cub, but in some segments of the gay community he'd have to lose some 30 pounds before he'd be considered attractive--they want visible abs and/or a 28-inch waist, people! This is a demented standard.

    I agree, being massively obese in unhealthy. However, our community has got to also realize that what we do to ourselves with perpetual dieting, eating disorders, excessive workouts, and fetishizing scarecrow-skinny boys isn't a good idea either.

    Posted by: Dback | Jul 20, 2012 12:34:57 PM

  10. The guy in the pic with the beard is Andrew Sullivan's husband, Aaron.

    Posted by: B-rod | Jul 20, 2012 12:38:06 PM

  11. It looks funny enough. I'm sure it's not great, but it might be entertaining enough. I'd watch it.

    Posted by: Mark | Jul 20, 2012 1:08:52 PM

  12. Look another portrayal that projects the image of the gay community as being homogenously white and upper middle class. How innovative. How provocative.


    Posted by: New-new | Jul 20, 2012 1:37:09 PM

  13. I love the fact that we're not all gym-bunnies, shaved and pretty. Some of us are...I was 30 years ago, thank you! But luckily, some of us move on and become fully functioning human beings...flaws & all !!!

    Posted by: PAUL B. | Jul 20, 2012 2:44:45 PM

  14. @NEW-NEW -- Word.

    When I met my studly Asian bear who is now my husband, my eyes were opened to the racism in the bear world. I'm the white, bearded, bald one in our wonderful marriage.

    I knew racism was present but seeing it from my husband's perspective was much different. And seeing and hearing it from other racially mixed couples confirmed I wasn't making up things in my mind. Racism is really pervasive.

    Posted by: Ark | Jul 20, 2012 3:00:46 PM

  15. I'm not really into back hair.

    Posted by: Garst | Jul 20, 2012 3:44:02 PM

  16. QJ201 and NEW-NEW: the absence of any mention of the lack of women in these movies in either of your brilliantly insightful critiques clearly reveals your misogyny. Why do you guys hate women so much?


    Posted by: John Dough | Jul 20, 2012 3:51:11 PM

  17. Well it nice to see a gay theme movie which is more inclusive of different body types than smooth muscle bound twinks.

    Posted by: jaragon | Jul 20, 2012 4:26:12 PM

  18. Like others said, I am glad to see that it is becoming increasingly acceptable to show gay people who are not always the magazine cover stereotype. We need to get out of the mindset that that is the only "right" way to look and live.

    With that said--although I would never call myself a bear guy in a million years, the dude shown in the above picture is just too gorgeous for words. I mean, wow.

    Posted by: fedorajoe | Jul 20, 2012 6:42:06 PM

  19. whoa! it's just one movie and written rather well. it's amusing and sexy and exactly what it wants to be. it's pretty swell and so was the first one. it does not pretend to represent everyone and truthfully it does reach out without pretense. it was written by one fellow who wrote about what he knows - ever heard of that.

    Posted by: yikes | Jul 20, 2012 6:57:10 PM

  20. @QJ201 Or, maybe celebrating and embracing obesity is just another example of the gay community using our "freedom" to celebrate and embrace our friends. To not judge. To be supportive.

    Posted by: Amanda B. Rekendwith | Jul 21, 2012 12:38:39 AM

  21. Seriously; you sound intolerably awful! You are exactly what any community could do without, a silly self absorbed queen.

    Posted by: Jon | Jul 21, 2012 11:45:27 AM

  22. @QJ201. Bravo! I'm glad to see there are others who do not encourage this "emperor's new clothes" world we live in. Fat is fat and no amount of fake glamourizing or false justification will change that.

    Posted by: squeak | Jul 22, 2012 5:09:56 PM

  23. Saw this movie. Terrible. Sullivan wouldn't even mention it if it weren't for the inclusion of his husband in the cast.

    Posted by: everysingleday | Jul 29, 2012 12:31:32 PM

  24. gerald mccullough...woof!

    Posted by: bcooper | Jul 29, 2012 12:51:36 PM

  25. I just saw it so sorry for late post but whilst I agree it was an average and harmless movie, the bitchy comments especially by Squeak and Q - they may never answer but obviously they have issues with fat which they need to work on. But my question is this if anyone reads this: I fail to see how the film embraces obesity. It's not even an issue. I am surprised in this site, because on others, some say how disgusting it is that Tyler is with an 'old c**t". It's only a film and as for fat is fat well fat can be lost but being intolerant is harder.

    Posted by: Craig | Dec 2, 2012 3:49:47 AM

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