Thursday, November 20, 2008

Playing (Badly) With the Boys

As I was on my way to work this morning, "Playing With the Boys" by Kenny Loggins came on, and I immediately thought about the volleyball scene in Top Gun. When I was a kid, those pilots were locked in a heated grudge match, showing that their rivalry in the sky continued while on the ground. As an adult who knows his way around a volleyball net, all I can think is, "Man, those guys are in good shape, but they suck at volleyball." All four of them: Ice-Man, Slider, Goose, Maverick. They all suck.

You would think that someone on the set, maybe a grip, would know how to hit a ball properly to at least get them looking anything less than a special education gym class. Also, why does Slider flex for the other guys? I mean, it's just a bunch of dudes playing volleyball. It's not like the movie has homosexual undertones or anything. Oh . . . Wait. I mean, "Playing With the Boys" does sound kind of gay.


Kritkrat said...

How can you even watch clips of Tom Cruise anymore? Blech.

paperback reader said...

The Adam Carolla radio show uses this very song to indicate anything gay, simply because this scene is gayer than Liberace working the glory hole at a Barney's sale while holding a lhasa apso.

Playing with the boys indeed.

nickabouttown said...

Speaking as a gay man, um, yeah, it's homoerotic, and they knew they were playing the scene for women and gay men that do not really give a crap if they played the game well. We just cared that it was hot shirtless menz.

Look at you over-analyzing the objectification of the male form ;) Ever wondered how ridiculous that Maxim model looks in football gear? :-D

Lauren Elizabeth said...

It's about as homo-erotic as a bunch of frat boys in their underwear being paddled. In other words, very gay.

Casey said...

You know, while no other aspect of that entire movie was accurate to the tactical aircraft environment, the show does depict with extreme accuracy just how holy-fucking-butt-snifferifically gay fighter pilots are.

Oh, and borderline retarded.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater said...

Donk: I like old TC movies like Top Gun and interview with a Vampire. I hardly think about him being a nut. It's kind of like watching old Seinfeld episodes. I thought that all I'd be able to think of was his racist rant, but it doesn't even cross my mind. He's just Kramer to me because he's so damn talented and in character.

Pistols: Hold on, that scene you just described is pretty darn gay. I don't think anything quite tops that.

Fitness: I don't know that Maxim model, but I'm sure he/she is hot.

Nut: That sounds gay, but not as gay as Pistol's scene.

Casey: Snifferifically? That's one hell of an adverb.

JerseySjov said...

i read that they're going to remake top gun with katie holmes in tc's old role, and him playing the part of the hardened trainer guy.

Brunhilda said...

Kenny Loggins is a genius. If he's not immortalized in a hall of fame somewhere, the world is unjust.

Heff said...

O.k., I got through about 1 second of that vid before I decided to cut it off.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater said...

Jov: Oh, jeez! Is it going to be about Scientology? Is he going to up the gay undertones for this one?

Seq: He did love him some soundtracks. : )

Heff: For a guy who's into Megadeth, I could imagine that song being pretty rough.