British filmmakers Christian Martin and Darren Flaxstone previously collaborated on the dark and disturbing drama Shank, followed by the ethereal and even darker movie Release. They completely change the tone with Buffering, a racy comedy about long-time boyfriends in a financial bind.
Overspending becomes a problem for boyfriends Aaron (Conner McKenzie) and Seb (Alex Anthony). Even after cutting up their credit cards, they might lose their car, and even their home. Aaron tries the extreme measure of taping their intimate moments for paid internet viewing, but doesn’t tell Seb.
Seb finds out, and their desperate scheme soon involves their handsome next-door-neighbor (Oliver Park as Mitch), their sexually ambiguous friend (Jessica Matthews as Gem), and an adult novelty store. From there, it all gets too crazy for Seb.
Despite some tears and the timely parallels to the real-life global recession, the plot stays light-hearted and playful. The band Nancy provides some fun songs and conveniently appears for a performance at the store.
Most of the scenes take place in or near that store or the boys’ home, though some of the more touching scenes involve Seb leaving those confines. Thanks to a funny script and good casting, viewers should enjoy seeing if it all works out.
Fans of sexy but sweet gay comedies like Longhorns or Trick can add Buffering to their list of repeated DVD viewing. Fortunately, the British accents are never too hard to understand.