Part crime drama, part gay romance, and all comedy–Chuecatown is a delightful
concoction of film genres, all played slightly over the top in this dark comedy from Spain.
Set in a gay neighborhood in Madrid during a period of gentrification, the film is centered upon two
lovers. These are not the typical partners of gay movies, though. In looks they range from average to
somewhere below that threshold. In wits they are well below. And in level of sophistication–well,
don’t even go there. They provide a wonderful break from the pretty boys that inhabit gay film, especially in
Throw in a stereotypical “mother-in-law,” a quirky police inspector (she’s reminiscent of the TV character Monk)
and a villainous gay “A-lister” and you have the makings of a fun evening. Throw in some popcorn and be ready
to take everything with a grain of salt.