Film Review: “4th Man Out” (2015) ★★★


It’s always interesting to watch all kinds of movies where you learn the things you don’t experience in your personal life. Of course, it teaches you to be more courageous, makes you smarter, and helps you think better when it comes to certain situations. Talking about situations is the right point when it comes to Andrew Nackman’s Fourth Man Out, written by Aaron Dancik. Adam is about to celebrate his 24th birthday. His best friends, Chris (Parker Young), Ortu (Jon Gabrus) and Nick (Chord Overstreet) are looking forward to a big night party with girls. However, in Adam’s mind there is something else which bothers him that he no longer can be quiet about – that he is gay.

Film opens with Adam, where he declares that “today is the day”. Then we find him standing in front of the camera where he rehearses his upcoming confession to his friends. Feeling nervous, Adam seeks an opportunity to come out of the closet, and finds the right moment, when he tells about his identity to his friend, Chris. But once his other friends find out about Adam’s secret, they happily welcome him without judging him, which makes his life much easier. His relationship with his friends changes significantly, especially with Chris, who accepts the news in an unexpected way.

Adam is a car mechanic in a small, working class town. He has no issues at home, and is loved by his blue-collar best friends. This is why it was not surprising seeing how three men accept Adam the way he really is. Moreover, his best pals go beyond themselves and help him find his soulmate. It’s hilarious to see how Adam manages all type of strangers, whose profile he found on social network. Of course, any of these would not be possible if our hero would have been abandoned by people who he relies on most.

In conclusion, Fourth Man Out is honest, open, and funny film that touches a serious subject matter. Through the laughter, it shows the importance of having supportive friends and family members when you come out as someone your loved ones never knew of. It may not be a perfect film, the way it’s made, but it certainly makes its point and does what it should with all the given opportunities.

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