Saturday, July 7, 2012

This Week's Hot Ticket - BearCity 2

Although Douglas Langway's new movie BearCity 2 is scheduled for its world premiere in Los Angeles later this month, its very first theater showing was here in Provincetown last night, at the new Waters Edge Cinema, on the second floor of the Whalers Wharf, at 237 Commercial Street. It's only fitting, because Provincetown is a lead character in this movie. The film continues the adventures of many of the characters we met in Langway's prequel to this film,  the very popular BearCity. In this sweet romantic comedy, New York City Bear Roger (Gerald McCollouch) and Cub Tyler (Joe Conti) decide that, now that it's legal for New York couples to get married, they'll go to Provincetown to tie the knot. So they and all their friends head off to Ptown, right in the middle of Bear Week. Of course, not everything goes as planned, and in the midst of the hundreds of Bears who have gathered in Provincetown, as you would imagine, old lovers turn up left and right. Fred (Brian Keane) and Brent (Stephen Guarino) have a few problems of their own, one of them being that Brent's mom, Rose (Kathy Najimy) thinks Brent deserves someone more attentive and committed than Fred, and she says so.
There are cameo appearances by director Kevin Smith, radio host Frank DeCaro and a number of others, including celebrities well known to PTown visitors, like the Hat Sisters, and Varla Jean Merman, who deftly carves out several scenes for herself while others have only seconds on the screen. But the most breathtaking character is Provincetown itself. Cinematographer Michael Hauer does a remarkable job in capturing the beauty of Provincetown and its surroundings. The streets, the dunes, the harbor... all play a roll in this extremely independent film. Familiar faces and places are fun for PTown residents and visitors to spot throughout the film, with scenes filmed in well known locations like the deck at the Boatslip (or under it.)
This film is quite satisfying, with a good mix of comedy and drama, an enthralling story line, a funny, well written script, great cinematography and good acting throughout. It plays through July 14th at Waters Edge Cinema, at varying times each day, so call 508 487-FILM (3456) for schedules. Tickets are $12 for all tickets. Your film society membership doesn't help you this time. Tickets are available online at, but I tried no less than eleven times with no success, so if you have trouble buying tickets online, go early to the theater. The box office opens a half hour before the first show of the day, with tickets on sale for any show that day. Tickets may sell out during Bear Week, so get yours early.

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