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by Christian Cintron
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Tuesday Dec 27, 2011

"Buffering" is a comedy from the creators of the popular gay films "Shank" and "Release." It offers a hilarious solution to our current economic crisis - online porn. The film follows a couple that find an interesting solution when they fall on hard times. When Aaron (Conner McKenzie) loses his job, he decides to film his sexcapades with his boyfriend Seb (Alex Anthony) for extra cash. As they gain more notoriety, their relationship and future are uncertain.

"Buffering" delivers what you would expect from a sex comedy. There are dirty jokes, nudity, outrageous scenarios and nice eye candy. It does pale a little in comparison to the raw sexual energy of "Shank" but does offer a nice departure from the heavy subject matter. Writers and directors Darren Flaxstone and Christian Martin create a fun world and interesting character dynamic.

The film's lightness is refreshing. Many gay films either focus on the deep emotional perils of homophobia, coming out or relationship turmoil. Instead, "Buffering" offers a comedy with a fairly common problem solved in a unique and gay-friendly way. It also explores a realistic relationship of two guys that love and respect each other and have a normal home life. It's refreshing how original the plot is, how approachable the characters are and how fun the plot is.

Conner McKenzie offers a hilarious performance as the Aaron slightly neurotic, oversexed male lead. Oliver Park shines as the insanely sexy neighbor who deserves a nude Oscar, should the award ever be invented. Jessica Matthews gives a great portrayal of Gem, the boys' snarky tomboy roommate. Bernie Hodges brings most of the laughs of the film as the eccentric sex shop owner who is always in a crazy costume.

The DVD features an in-depth documentary that chronicles the 15-day shooting schedule for the film. It includes a lot of backstage antics and one-on-one interviews with many of the members of the cast. It also features "Kung Fu Pansy" a rather strange short film that features a man in underwear performing martial arts moves. The feature doesn't seem to have any bearing on the film but is included in the DVD and marketing materials. There are also bloopers and trailers for this film, "Shank" and "Release."

The special features highlight the fun atmosphere of the making of the film. They don't however have much a value after the first viewing. Shockingly enough, there are no deleted or extended scenes or other bonus materials.

"Buffering" is a fun sex comedy for the gay set. It is a little light in the humor and the sex but offers a fun British counterpart to "Another Gay Movie." It is definitely worth seeing but given the unique nature of the special features may not be worth a purchase.


Christian Cintron is a writer, actor and stand up comedian. He attended Vassar College and has worked in marketing and social media. For more check out YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/CintronicComedy and www.obscureathon.com


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