The Rainbow Bridge Motel

For proof of how things look online is not exactly reality you just have to watch the zany new film, The Rainbow Bridge Motel. Dean (Chris Modrznynski – Johnny Gruesome) and Darren (Cole Burden – Beautiful Creatures) are getting married. It has been left up to Darren to plan/book the ceremony. As he is a little bit hesitant about the whole thing, which he has pretty much kept from Dean, he quickly books them at the Rainbow Bridge Motel, a establishment that has billed itself as the number one gay wedding destination in Niagara Falls. Once they arrive there they quickly realize that is a gross exageration.

Besides being rather run down the motel, owned by a man named Shibbawitz (Scott Rubin – from television’s Chutzpah) and staffed by a Burmese refugee family, it is located between two chemical plants. The final straw is that it is no where near the Falls. Dean is less than impressed and even more so when it comes out that Darren is still married to a woman (Marisa Caruso – Luminous) along with being hesitant about the whole marriage thing. Quicker than you can say disaster things are going to hell in a toxic handbasket.

As you can gather from this short description The Rainbow Bridge Motel, directed by Scott Rubin (first film) and J. Garrett Vorreuter (first film), is one comprised of rather broad humour and an over the top storyline. Everything here is full on – BIG! Words I would use to describe the result are hammy and corny. Things that happen are so ridiculous and implausible that you cannot even enjoy the attempts at humour. And I do say attempts as due to the overacting that happens most of the time from most of the cast it ruins any chance of laughs.

Sometimes this brand or style of zaniness works (see films like Young Frankenstein or Monty Python and the Holy Grail), you do have to fully commit as an actor or director and hold on for the ride. It is like walking a tightrope, however, as you have to know when to rein it in to allow room for the crazy moments to hit their target. What torpedos the sight gags and physical humour is the fact that they are soooo predictable that all the oomph or hahahas are lost.

Then there are the brainless moments of the script, written by Scott Rubin, such as the fact that the two men getting married seem to know nothing about each other. Have they just met?? Then there is the appearance of different characters who are not explained, have no real reason to be there and bring nothing to the film.

Like the motel they stay in, the entire film seems rather run down and out of date. While the film tries hard to be likeable all its flaws sabotages any fond feelings you might have for it.

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