The gay content in the movie was very small but I believe it went a long way. The movie uncovers the real deal behind the past of Viggo Mortensen’s character. The movie is gory, but the violence is far from gratuitous and director Cronenberg really delivered a masterpiece. Kudos for Maria Bello’s performance (she plays Mortensen’s wife).
The gay content is delivered to us via Mortensen’s son, Ashton Holmes’ character. Holmes is being bullied in school for having succeed in a baseball move (accidentally it appears) and consequently embarrassed some bullies which were supposed to be good in sports. The bully calls Holmes a faggot, and Holmes reacts in a great way, showing that he is not bothered by it. He says something like “Yes, I am a faggot.” Really well done (although Holmes later beats up the bully in a very scary scene – that could have stayed out).
We are not told whether Holmes is gay (but he has a friend who is a girl – think fag-hag, and he had complained to his dad Mortensen that he is not good in sports – can anyone relate to that?).
It helps too that Holmes delivered such a great performance. Kudos to the movie, even if the gay content was so small (it would have gotten a perfect score otherwise).