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4th Man Out 

Tuesday, Feb 2 2016
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Andrew Nackman's 4thMan Out is a charming and very mid-2010s coming-out comedy. As he turns 24, upstate New York mechanic Adam (Evan Todd) decides it's time to come out as gay to lifelong besties Chris (Parker Young), Nick (Chord Overstreet), and Ortu (Jon Gabus), the kinds of broheims who make casually homophobic jokes as a matter of course. They soon realize that their friend not being into girls doesn't mean they can't still be flatulent, manspreading slobs together — although Adam's coming out to his parents and the conservative townsfolk is another matter altogether. 4thMan Out mostly works as a hangout comedy, though it does explore the hypocritical anger that straight/cis people often express toward queer people about not having come out sooner, all the while continuing to dismantle the stereotype of the gay man as a mincing or effeminate caricature. There's absolutely nothing wrong with being mincing or effeminate, and they do appear during Adam's tentative dating adventures, but rise of the dude-bro homosexual in the media — see also Adam Pally'scharacter in the sadly canceled sitcom Happy Endings — may prove to be an important step in eliminating homophobia. Of course, phasing out dudebros entirely would also be ideal, but one thing at a time, and 4thMan Out is doing its part.

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