‘Twas ‘The Night Before’ that finally killed the gay-panic joke
LOS ANGELES — The gay-panic joke is over.
For years it has run like a shiver up the spine of male-centered comedy — and Hollywood will surely keep going back to it, even though it’s offensive, worn-out and was never that funny to begin with. Yet — ding dong merrily on high — gay panic humor is nowhere to be found in The Night Before.
In fact, the latest bro-down from Seth Rogen’s band of merry pranksters (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 50/50 writer/director Jonathan Levine and James Franco add Anthony Mackie to the ensemble here) manages something much more sophisticated and daring: a running same-sex sight gag that not only sails over the sensitivity bar, but actually works. Read more…