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A Bear's Story (2003)

When a gay man is invited to what he mistakenly thinks is a pool party benefit to "Save the Polar Bears" he discovers that not all gay men go for sleek, svelte younger men and his social and sex lives improve immensly.


Vincent Mtzlplck


Kevin Bowe


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Cast overview:
Kevin Bowe ... Robert
Dean Ricca ... John
Kurt Andrew Hansen ... Andy
Kleev Guessford Kleev Guessford ... Rick
Sean Abley ... Mike
Scott Alan Scott Alan ... Brian
Shea Scullin Shea Scullin ... Chris
Tony Matthews Tony Matthews ... Tim
Jeffrey Paul Morgan ... Thomas Chadway
Leif Hanson Leif Hanson ... Hustler
Sabrina Hansen Sabrina Hansen ... Sabrina
Ariana Hansen Ariana Hansen ... Ariana
Yoko Kawada Yoko Kawada ... Lisa
Joe Smith Joe Smith ... Bear in Living Room


Obituary writer Robert is a heavy set gay man who is perfectly happy with his single, solitary life... or so he thinks. After being pried out of his apartment and coerced into a West Hollywood gay bar by close friend Rick, he meets John, another stocky gay man. John confesses his attraction to Robert, and invites him to a pool party at his house. At the urging of his best friend, the straight family man Andy, Robert reluctantly attends the party. As he steps into the gathering, Robert finds a gay community all his own - heavy, hairy gay guys and their admirers, collectively known as "The Bears". As Robert and John's relationship moves forward, Robert becomes more and more confident and outgoing, eventually allowing himself to commit fully to John and to the idea that life has more to offer than he had ever dared to imagine. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Short







Release Date:

21 June 2003 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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SGF Productions Inc. See more »
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Featured in Behind the Bears (2003) See more »


Slam Dance
Music by Adam Douglas
© 2003 Adam Douglas
Published by Dope Computer Music, 2003
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A cute coming out of the closet story; the bear closet.
6 June 2005 | by GMJamesSee all my reviews

"A Bear's Story" is not about an animal living in the woods or the predictions in the stock market.

This cute short film is about Robert (Kevin Bowe, who also wrote the screenplay), a heavy-set, solitary obituary writer who unexpectedly finds love. Being a large, bearded gay man, Robert does not fit the so-called stereotype of a gay man (e.g.: slim, clean-shaved, young) and he's resigned to being single. That is until he meets John (Dean Ricca) at the bar. John invites Robert to a pool party at his home but Robert is a little leery about attending, especially a party that he believes is helping to raise money for preventing the extinction of polar bears.

What he finds out at the pool party opens his eyes to a possible change in his personal life.

Although I had a few problems with the story, it had more to do with the fact that the movie was only 20 minutes. I think it would be interesting to see this story expanded to a feature-length movie.

Despite that problem, this is a nice, light, romantic comedy. Nothing more, nothing less.

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