Here is my ranking (from least favourite to most favourite) of the films within the Eating Out franchise, with a short explanation accompanying each:
#5 – Eating Out
Though it comes in at last place, I do not dislike Eating Out – far from it. However the overall quality of the film (which may be budgetary) means that it doesn’t quite stand up to what has come since.
I also have to highlight a discomfort with the storyline, from which the comedy stems from its awkwardness. Is it okay for a straight guy to pretend to be gay just so he can sleep with a girl? Its played for laughs but it raises some questions.
#4 – Eating Out 4
Well, from 1 through to 4 the sex is ramped up and the guys keep getting hotter. What is there not to like, at least visually?
I was relieved to see Daniel Skelton and Chris Salvatore reprise their roles from 3 (seeing as there’s no fear of recasting or killing off characters off screen) and enjoyed their break-up more than the break up in Eating Out 2.
However I didn’t want them to break up and, the film’s biggest flaw, is that Tiffany isn’t in it enough – Rebekah Kochan is amazing!
#3 – Eating Out 5
It was a big relief to yet again see Chris and Daniel reprise their roles as Zack and Casey. Though Tiffany is the only character to appear in all of the films she has very much become a side character, which saddens me.
That being said, Eating Out 5 explores what is currently a hot topic – ‘open relationships’. There still seems to be the view that gay men find it hard to be monogamous; which I believe stems from attempts to distance gay relationships from straight relationships. The reality is we are more alike in terms of relationships and sexual antics than some would like to believe. The LGBT+ community is just more open and honest about it.
#2 – Eating Out 2
Marco Dapper as Troy – ’nuff said! Damn that dude is dreamy. I’m all for accurate and positive body representation but when a character needs to look like that, he needs to look like that – it drives the storyline and that’s why, to me, it’s fine.
Initially I was thrown by the recasting of Marc (for whatever reason), Eating Out 2 improves upon the original across the board by having a wider supporting cast who all play greater roles in the storyline which ramps up both the sex and the comedy.
Rebekah is also given more screentime… gosh, am I crushing on her?
#1 – Eating Out 3
Eating Out 3 is the pinnacle of the franchise for me. By the third installment everything was refined to a point whereby almost nothing could be improved upon (for me anyway). Where do I begin?
Let’s start with Rebekah – her talent and comedic timing are finally realised. Tiffany is not only crucial in the transition of the franchise from Marc/Kyle to Zack/Casey but she also has some of the funniest lines and scenes in the film!
Then we have the sex – the ante is most definitely upped and it’s not entirely focused on the adonis. We don’t all look like Troy from Eating Out 2 or Marc from Eating Out 1. Some of us are more like Casey; slim and pale. It’s a positive message.
Casey is also more likeable and relatable as the protagonist, whether it is his misconceptions about the ‘community’ or his feelings of inadequacy next to Zack.
Also, sex is not what drives Casey and Zack together, it is their shared dreams and passions – that’s how it should be and that’s another positive message this film sends.
I’ll stop talking about positive messages now before I get ranty…
Here’s hoping that Eating Out 6 is made… and if it is I’m free to be involved. You know, just in case someone involved is reading this 😛