›› The Brothers Sinclair ‹‹

a short film by Ronny Jay.

2011 | 14 mins | US.

getting to know the Mafia - a bit too close.

Dave says:

Intended as the promotional short film for the feature that never was, here we find writer and director Ronny Jay deliver a wondrously OTT take on two brothers who find themselves getting to know the Mafia - a bit too close!

Not that it began that way, when gay brothers Scott (Steven Helmkamp) and Jeffrey (Mike Manning) find they have inherited their Uncle's 2150 Club; that of a private men's gym in the heart of Manhattan. Only not everything is as it appears, given all the members are straight and their silent business partner happens to be the Mob. Yet with Cupid's arrow ever present, will the brothers find themselves in love come close-of-play, or be left to take a long walk on a short plank?

Presenting a scenario that was ripe for the taking, here Jay delights in playing the all-male gym angle for all its worth, along the way reversing the tough guy image of the Mafia, with the Calypso mob, aka Jay Bingham as Vinnie, Adam Huss as Tony and Marty York as Guido more interested in cooking, Martha Stewart and getting it on man-on-man style, than racketeering. Unlike their father who's only interested in getting his money back with interest. That Stanley Ullman is clearly having the time of his life playing the Don, goes without saying, little knowing that the new owners of the club are more interested in affairs of the heart than making money, with Jeffrey falling for the charms of club member Luke Pico (Kody Corduan); a soap opera star whose sexual orientation is open to question, whilst sibling Scott is getting to know Mafia man Tony all too well, literally wishing to be - in bed with the Mob and here the classic line "is that a pistol you're packin' or are you just happy to see me?" couldn't be more apt.

Opening with Jennifer Bassey on fine form as matriarch Vivian Sinclair and intercut with cast interviews as links to scenes gone AWOL, let alone a bevy of buffed-to-perfection cuties more often than not out of their jock straps, than in them, this is but pure gay escapism laced with a romantic heart. Upbeat and just plain fun, this 'naughty but nice' styled work is also a short that and like many a title I could name, sadly never become the feature that it cried out to be. And that's a shame, given what you do see can only but leave you longing to see more of the life and times of The Brothers Sinclair. Say no more.

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›› revised: Friday, 15th July, 2022.

Gay Visibility - overt | Nudity - bare-arsed cheek | Overall - file under ... 3+ stars

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