How “Muy Gay Too Mexicano” highlights the LGBTQ + Latin experience! – The Geekiary
The court Muy Gay Too Mexican tells the story of JD (Abel Benitez) and his roommates Juan (Juan Sanchez) and Daniel (Casey Thibodaux) helping him with a third date with Owen (Collin Riley). Very quickly we discover that his roommates are personified by his “Mexican” side, represented by Juan, and his “gay” side, represented by Daniel.
The identities are so complex and multifaceted that we have tons of stories where the main character has to deal with different inner personalities. And while many of these stories are universal, easy to understand for the most part, sometimes you get a story that feels so finely crafted and personal that you can’t help but say, “I’m not the only one. Someone over there understands me!
I think the creators of Muy Gay Too Mexican have something special. They have an interesting but simple story to tell. Most importantly, it can appeal to a small, under-represented demographic, gays and Latins.
Both sides of JD are constantly bickering, even when his date arrives. Daniel wants JD to kiss and express himself as a gay man. He wants him to be adventurous and wild much to the chagrin of the more reserved and culturally aware “Mexican” Juan.
Such a collision is the source of most of the comedy. Juan and Daniel are constantly fighting each other. Daniel is constantly flirting (one-sided! Watch out!), Eyeing JD’s date, questioning his masculinity, and shamelessly emphasizing his “feminine / gay” features like their love for Meryl Streep and wanting to watch Mom mia. In another scene, Juan helps coach a very noticeably anxious JD during a phone call from his Spanish-speaking parents, possibly because he’s not entirely open about his sexuality with his parents.
While Owen and JD are having dinner, Owen asks him which part of Mexico is he from? And to avoid having to explain his real hometown, he just says “Mexico City” because he assumes it will just be easier for Owen to digest, instead of being proud to share that it actually is, Cuernavaca. It is during such a moment that we see that Daniel is very convinced that it is more important to please his date and sacrifice his heritage to arrive at a sexier moment faster. Juan is not happy and reminds JD that he has to be honest.
When things go as planned the next morning and Owen begins to explain that he doesn’t want to continue seeing each other, it’s hilarious to see Juan and Daniel so eager to stand up for JD. As Juan and Daniel accuse each other of being the reason things didn’t work out between JD and Owen, the real reason turns out to be Owen is entirely superficial about one thing JD clearly can’t change. .
As Owen leaves, we see two new characters, the inner combatant sides of Owen’s personality. There is the practicality and caring side of Owen who is disappointed that Owen treats JD in this way, especially when Owen himself has been rejected. And there is his other side, one who seems to be sort of a fun-loving circuit gay who wants to continue being single and carefree no matter how other people feel.
The final scene showed the importance for JD and both of his sides to support each other. JD will be fine.
It’s just that … wow. I have so many comments. The performance is so refreshing. Writer Jorge Molina really fitted into this short film and the payoff works. This short film really shines a light on what many confused and confused LGBTQ + Latina youth are going through. I think of all the minorities who have had and still go through these exact scenarios, silencing our voices and presenting an easily digestible version favored by others. It’s exhausting and that’s exactly why such a problem needs to be addressed.
Speaking of Jorge Molina, I would like to take this moment to highlight some of his accomplishments. He remains active as a programmer in the film festival circuit at places like Outfits, Sundance Film Festival, and is now program director at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF).
You can also find him as the creator and showrunner of the rewards season murder mystery scripted podcast. Just to be nominated. Finally, he is also the co-founder and director of IMFest, an organization for and by young immigrant artists that shares and presents their works and connects them to the Hollywood community at large. Also, ABBA Gold is his muse.
Then we have Lorena Lourenco, who was the director of this short film. She is an award-winning director, screenwriter and producer from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her work has been screened and awarded at international festivals including LALIFF, Outfest, Inside Out, Out On Film, the Short Film Coroner at the Cannes Film Festival, among others.
She has worked in the production of nominated documentaries for Tribeca and Sundance as well as scripted television for Netflix, HBO and Amazon. You can find out more at lorenalourenco.com.
Carly Stevens produced this short film. She is currently working in talent management. She has produced a number of short films and continued her acting training at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade and Anthony Meindl’s Actors Workshop.
Natalia Moscoso, who directed the photography for Muy Gay Too Mexican, is an LA-based freelance cinematographer. Moscoso graduated from Cal. State University, Northridge with a BA in Film and Television Arts. She’s worked on music videos, a feature film and a bunch of shorts.
The fusion of all these talents came together to produce Muy Gay Too Mexican and I can’t help recommending this small part of a relatable queer story, especially because of what it means for visibility and representation in the media. The well-written portrayal of LGBTQ + Latin in the media was also discussed at the recent Voces / Voices event.
Released last week, I highly recommend you watch Muy Gay Too Mexican on HBO Max. And as for everyone who helped make this short film, thank you and I wish you all the best in your career.
Author: Micah Carrillo
Micah is studying English and digital design. His love of geek culture spans various mediums and genres. Comics, anime, movies, you name it! He enjoys video games on Nintendo Switch and Xbox.
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