‘F(l)ag Football': Film Review

Seth Greenleaf’s documentary follows several athletes as they ready for a National Gay Flag Football Championships.

Suffering from a plenitude of clichés generally compared with documentaries about true athletes, Seth Greenleaf’s film about happy dwindle football players ironically demonstrates usually how distant we’ve come in terms of equality. A form of several players and a account of a lead adult to a 2012 “Gay Bowl” in Phoenix, Arizona, F(l)ag Football reveals that happy athletes can be usually as lifeless as true ones when they turn a theme of documentaries.

Not that there aren’t poignant differences, as illustrated by a footage of a drag uncover put on by a group in a happy joining to lift money. The doc also insightfully examines how a players mostly onslaught to determine themselves with football’s macho culture. “Gay doesn’t reside in a same stay as that image,” one of them observes.

In a some-more standard-issue sequences, a film includes interviews with many of a athletes in that they plead such topics as their entrance out and their attitudes about a sport. Among a some-more colorful subjects is Wade Davis, a former NFL actor who proves no reduction rival in his stream position than when he was personification in a pros. Equally engaging is Cyd Ziegler, a publisher and happy romantic who combined a National Gay Flag Football Championship in 2002. He led a New York Warriors to 3 championships before relocating to Los Angeles and competing opposite his former group as captain of a LA Motion. But these dual men’s contributions to a doc are limited, and after a while even they turn wearisome.

Intriguingly, usually a certain commission of a teams’ makeup has to be happy in sequence for them to validate to play in a league, that leads to such comical digressions as one of a true players proudly owning a “gayest dog.” A rancor-free compare between a happy and true group illustrates that when it comes to sports, it’s probable for sexuality to assume reduction significance than jaunty prowess.

But notwithstanding a engaging observations and viewpoint on a sports niche with that many viewers might be unfamiliar, F(l)ag Football — a pretension is too lovable for comfort — gets bogged down in a repetitions autochthonous to a genre. The unconstrained use scenes, and even a climactic match, have a surplus feel that fast proves enervating. So does a wayward explanation by a way of articulate heads, many of whom voice similar-sounding sentiments. As is so mostly a box these days, engaging theme matter that would have done for an glorious brief documentary fails to means itself during underline length.

Production company: Greenleaf Productions
Distributor: Abramorama
Director: Seth Greenleaf
Producer: James Codoyannis, Seth Greenleaf
Executive producers: Samuel D. Pollard, Scott Yoselow
Director of photography: Alexander Gaylon
Editors: James Codoyannis, Amanda Katz
Composer: Christopher North

94 mins

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