In the movie, Dan Futterman is always close to or barely dodging urban myths, including a kidney thief (in this case, being gay saved his life), a lady who dries up a dog in the microwave, that kind of crap. Yes, Dan is gay in the movie. Alan Cumming cameos as a queen friend who is in bad health.
Just in case you didn't know, Dan is super talented in real life (he wrote the screenplay for Capote). I think he should stick to writing, he is okay as an actor but his screenplay writing abilities are far better. Oh, he also played a gay in Enough, the movie where J.Lo fights back. He was super nice in that movie, helping out an abused big ass-ed friend.
Now to our gay movie review. Dan picks up a bisexual guy in a bar, they argue over who should bottom. Silly.
Dan has a nice relationship with a straight bartender, played by Josh Hamilton. That alone would have been enough to cast a positive light on the gays. But there's more. I'll have to really spoil the movie to keep discussing though.
So read on or rent the movie (just don't expect much). There is quite a bit of skin, and everybody is pretty hot. There's even a very fast frontal from the guy without the kidney. This was just spooky though.
Hate Crime is a better example of a movie dealing with the same issue Urbania deals with: what to do after a terrible hate crime. In both movies a gay is brutally killed because he is gay. In Urbania though, you will only know about the hate crime aspect towards the end of the movie.
Towards the end of Urbania, you learn that the whole movie is about Dan going through the tragic loss of his boyfriend, played by Matt Keeslar:
Matt dies in a hate crime committed in front of Dan. Awful. We don't know this until the end, but throughout the movie Dan is actually hunting down the perpetrator, played by Samuel Ball. Dan pretends to be attracted to Samuel's character, even as Samuel slurs against everybody, uses the N and F words, the works. I was upset that Dan was just sitting by and watching Samuel be a racist and a homophobe. I would have given the movie a low shipwreck rating for portraying a gay guy infatuated with that kind of criminal. But it turns out it was all for revenge purposes. I am not for revenge of course, but that was the way in which Dan's character chose to deal with the loss of his boyfriend.
The hate crime happens when Dan and Matt are walking down the street. They are holding hands and the camera focus repeatedly on that. Like that's what gave them away for the homophobes to single them out and attack them. Really scary, I can't help but think of it every time I hold my hubby's hand. Sad sad world :-(
Once again, the homophobe hides his own sexual arousal for other men. Near the end of the movie, when Dan is about to kill the homophobe, the homophobe gets a boner, and Dan takes notice. Pretty sick, right? Right when his life is being threatened he gets a boner. Just sick.