Punish Me: DVD Review

by Jeff Walsh

Punish Me is an interesting title to be reviewed on Oasis, merely due to the fact that its "gayness" is apparently due to a sadomasochistic affair between a 16-year-old boy and his 49-year-old female probation officer. The movie, whose distributor's tagline promises "movies from a gay perspective," pretty much gives us heterosexual S&M here, so I was a bit confused by that.

The basic rundown is we see him on the basketball court get knocked over for not passing the ball. In the shower, he lovingly strokes the bruise on his back, and we know he likes the pain. He gets saucy with his probation officer, to the point where she finally slaps him across the face. He likes it and, in a surprise to her, she does too. And so it goes…

So, just a quick review to point this out, given the fact that the DVD box art seems to only show a hot guy with the words "Punish Me." The press materials note that the lead actor was in a popular gay film before, and the female lead is an out actress. And I'm not saying it is necessarily a bad film, just be forewarned, there's nothing gay to see here…