The never-ending search for Mr. Right takes a surprise detour into totally unexplored territory with "Punks." This sparkling, rhythm-and-blues-driven romantic comedy is the story of four close-knit friends trying to find that mythical relationship that will finally make things right. But if you think that sounds familiar, think again, because "Punks" is the first-ever comic love story set amidst the world of African-American gay men.
This movie was the subject of a September 4, 2019, segment on the National Public Radio podcast "Code Switch," titled "Searching For Punks." The segment was provoked first by the fact that the film is now very difficult to find in any format or on any streaming service. The reporters interviewed the writer and director Patrik-Ian Polk, who said that despite the movie's success on the film festival circuit, because of the taboo nature of the gay black subject matter, only one very small company offered to distribute the movie. That company failed to purchase the rights to any of the music heard in the film. Consequently, the movie never received a real distribution. See more »
When this movie began I didn't think I was going to like it at all. It seemed to be the same old tired and true gay story with all the exaggerated stereotypes. However, as I continued to watch, giving the movie a try, I found a pretty good, moving film. I identified with the main character in so many ways. I thought the acting was good too. I really felt the chemistry between the characters, emotionally as well as sexually. Kudos to the actors, producers, directors, etc for creating a decent movie about the life of black, gay men.
I do have one complaint. I was disappointed with the climax. It was like a two yard dash. It was like, boom, bam, that's all folks.
On another hand I must say that the Charlie's Angels reference in this movie made me laugh out loud for a long time. Good one.
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