Yes, unfortunately I couldn't get a hold of the original as recommended to me by fellow posters, and I couldn't wait any longer, so I watched the new one. I assume that, being based on a play, they are pretty much word for word anyway?
I will still watch the original when I can because I actually enjoyed this. It wasn't quite what I was expecting. I put it off for ages because all I had heard years ago was that some people didn't like how it portrayed gay men, and I didn't think I could deal with a movie all about gay men being horrible to each other, which was kind of something I had just made up in my head it turns out. Though they were very bitchy to each other in a way I've always been uncomfortable with when around men like this.
In the end it was quite simply about self-hatred. It was also very funny in parts. I really did like watching it and would watch it again. The world it portrayed is not completely familiar to me, and yet it also felt true. I don't think I'd be any good at a party like that; just stand in the corner with a fixed grin on my face. I hate confrontation and I'm not quick witted enough to be amusing to other men like that. Never have been.
Tuc Watkins is SO my type. I would love a daddy like that, haha. I was really pleased Hank and Larry made it up at the end, I was gunning for that to happen.
I had assumed that the Harold character was basically the kind of queen who was going to come into this happy party and ruin it all; was completely surprised by what actually happened in the movie and that it was the Michael character who was the problem. Loved it when Harold just stood up at the end, quietly summed up Michael and then left.
The only thing is, I really didn't need the flashback scenes. Not that they were that intrusive, but they were so unnecessary. I know this is the film of a play, and I really like it when plays are filmed closer to how they appear on stage. I could've happily just watched the men tell their stories.
Now trying to figure what the next step is for me in my gay education. Thanks for the recommendation for this one to those who mentioned it.