GenreComedy, Drama, Romance Initial DVD releaseMarch 18, 2005 (USA) WriterQ. Allan Brocka LanguageEnglish
Release dateFebruary 14, 2004 (2004-02-14) (Phoenix)
March 18, 2005 (2005-03-18) Initial releaseOctober 1, 2004 (Istanbul) CastRebekah Kochan (Tifani), Ryan Carnes (Marc), Scott Lunsford (Caleb), Jim Verraros (Kyle), Kris Black (Sebastian - British Guy), Billy Shepard (Joey) Similar moviesBeautiful Thing, Mambo Italiano, The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy, Shake It, Saved!, It's in the Water
TaglineThe fastest way to a girl's heart is through her gay best friend.
Eating Out is a 2004 gay-themed romantic comedy film written and directed by Q. Allan Brocka.
After getting dumped by his girlfriend Tiffani von der Sloot (Rebekah Kochan), University of Arizona student Caleb Peterson (Scott Lunsford) commiserates with his roommate Kyle (Jim Verraros), who notes that while he has trouble getting the men he wants, he could get any woman because he's gay. Later at a party, Gwen Anderson (Emily Stiles) dumps her boyfriend after he comes out to her. Caleb sees her and becomes infatuated and meets Marc Everhard (Ryan Carnes), with whom Kyle is infatuated. Marc, meanwhile, sees Caleb and is instantly attracted. Kyle comes up with a crazy scheme. He tells Gwen that Caleb is gay so she'll set him up with Marc. Kyle figures that Caleb can use Marc to get to Gwen, while Kyle uses Caleb to get to Marc. Also, Tiffani lives next door to Gwen and Marc so seeing Caleb date Marc would make her crazy.
Caleb and Marc go out on a date then go back to Marc's place to watch a movie. Marc tries to put the moves on Caleb, who's unresponsive. Suddenly Gwen, who's stuck at a friend's house and bored, calls. She talks to Caleb, relaxing and seducing him verbally while Marc takes advantage by performing oral sex on him. Gwen hangs up to come home and Marc masturbates next to Caleb. Caleb, feeling confused and insecure, leaves. He passes Gwen on her way home and she seduces him again, this time physically. They have sex in his convertible. Caleb goes home and goes to bed.
The next morning, Marc calls Caleb and leaves a message. Kyle overhears it and realizes that Marc and Caleb had sex. As Kyle storms into his room, Marc calls back. After the call Caleb goes to Kyle and tells him he's invited Gwen and Marc to dinner to clear everything up. Caleb also tells Kyle that he knows Kyle has feelings for him and that, if Caleb were at all gay, he'd be with Kyle. Gwen and Marc come over for dinner and Caleb is chagrined to see that Kyle's invited Caleb's family as well. Kyle convinces Gwen to "pretend" to be Caleb's date and Marc to "pretend" to be his. Dinner is going well, if a little awkwardly, until Tiffani inexplicably crashes the party. Gwen takes it upon herself to out Caleb to his parents (Murph Michaels and Mattie van der Voort). His parents take it quite well and everyone ends up in a bizarre group hug.
After Caleb's family and Tiffani leave, Gwen verbally attacks Kyle, thinking he's trying to steal Marc from Caleb. She makes it clear that "someone like Marc" would never go out with "someone like him." Caleb convinces Marc to talk to Kyle and Gwen figures out the entire scheme, which she thinks is the sweetest thing anyone's ever done for her in light of the lengths to which Caleb went to sleep with her. Marc goes to talk to Kyle and tells Kyle that he was into him all along, having feigned disinterest this whole time. They finally kiss.
In a post-credits scene, Marc and Kyle are shown shirtless, making out in his bed; it is implied they are about to have sex.
Rebekah Kochan as Tiffani von der Sloot
Ryan Carnes as Marc Everhard
Jim Verraros as Kyle
Scott Lunsford as Caleb Peterson
Emily Stiles as Gwen Anderson
Natalie Burge as Milkshake Marcy
Billy Shepard as Joey
John Janezic as Richard
Stafford "Doc" Williamson as Professor Winston James
Jillian Nusbaum as Jamie Peterson
Murph Michaels as Frank Peterson
Martie van der Voort as Susan Peterson
Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 16% of professional critics gave the film a positive review, with the site consensus stating "The cast recites lines of forced wit that aren't funny, and the clunky plot has too many contrivances."
Breckenridge Festival of Film 2004 Best of the Best LGBT Film
Dallas OUT TAKES 2004 Audience Award
Phoenix Out Far! Lesbian and Gay Film Festival 2004 Audience Award Best Feature Film
Rhode Island International Film Festival 2004 Best Feature
San Diego Film Festival 2004 Audience Award Best Feature
San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival 2004 Best First Feature
Eating Out has spawned four sequels to date. Sloppy Seconds was released in 2006 with Brett Chukerman replacing Ryan Carnes as Marc. All You Can Eat was released in 2009. Drama Camp was released in 2011. The Open Weekend was released in 2012.