14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Stereotyped, cliche-ridden tripe!!!,
This review is from: Shank [DVD]   (DVD)
I had heard some good reviews about this and thought I'd give it a go. Other reviewers have detailed the story in fuller terms so I won't repeat them, but in summary it's the story of a closeted gay gang member, attempting to find a place for himself in the world in which he lives. This he is only able to do it seems with the assitance of two outsiders, the French exchange student and the University proffessor.
For me this is where the story comes apart to the point of being a little offensive and hugely patronising. Other reviewers have mentioned about the low budgets, production values etc. For me this isn't so much of a problem as is the glaringly obvious classist subtext: working class men can only understand, express and deal with their sexuality through the mediums they know best, violence and criminality (rape). BUT; they can be 'saved' and 'elevated' above the level of the beasts of the field when nice, genteel, educated, middle-class folk kindly step in (who are at the same time getting their rocks off with a piece of rough).
So the French student 'teaches' the 'yob' how to dress like a 'proper' gay; and both the student and the professor rescue him from his persecutors and end with baptizing him into the Ways of the Gays by giving him a nice bath and laying him out in crisp white sheets.
As far as I'm concerned this film is barely one step away from the Victorians measuring the heads of the criminal classes.