Boy Culture
Boy Culture
NR | 15 September 2006 (USA)
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A successful gay male escort describes in a series of confessions his tangled romantic relationships with his two roommates and an older, enigmatic male client.


Such a frustrating disappointment

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It's no definitive masterpiece but it's damn close.

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Good movie but grossly overrated

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Derrick Gibbons

An old-fashioned movie made with new-fashioned finesse.

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OK I have to admit I thought I was going to hate this film. After reading the synopsis I was dreading it and thought...ah some cheap gay crap full of crap actors getting their kit off to fuel other gays' sexual fantasies. But I was wrong.OK the film has clichés, clumsiness, and pretentiousness. But these flaws are mild when taken in the overall context of the film. Essentially it's a romantic film with gay interest, but the "gay interest" part can really be ignored. The story, cast, screenplay and progress of the movie works...overall! It's charming and endearing. It's never going to be your favourite film or anything wonderful... but you'll like it. It might become one of your faves! Finally, my respect to the actors. Again, not Oscar-winning performances, but certainly commendable and enjoyable.

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I did not like this movie. Sure, the main character (X, who comes up with such a lame "aka"!?) is a sexy hunk, but that's no guarantee for a good movie. They made him walk around with a sullen attitude and spill his monosyllabic remarks in a dull drone and he never once convinced me of being such a popular escort (except for his looks). Even worse, he never convinced me of being gay, I mean: he must be the most heterosexual looking guy that played a gay in a gay movie! (Of course I'll stand terribly corrected if the actor turns out to be really gay himself!). The same goes for the other guy Andrew, as if the makers of this movie carefully wanted to avoid any stereotyping. But on the other hand the third person in the triangle, Joey, was stereotyped in a totally over the top & caricature kind of way!! The story didn't seem to go anywhere. The grave way in which everyone communicated with each other suggested all kinds of deep meanings, but apart from such clichés as: "sex in or outside a relationship are two different things" and: "when you grow older, you grow a little bit wiser too", I didn't grasp anything more. The voice-over of X didn't help either, his enigmatic lines were just pretentious and irritating. And why on earth this dark and gloomy atmosphere? Here's yet another gay movie that pictures the gay community as a sad bunch of self-pitying and sex-driven losers. I mean: what was the problem of everyone?? Three gay gorgeous young guys living on top of each other in the same apartment and each of them craving for the other two – what's there to mope about? Then there were all these illogical things, like: if X was so successful as a very expensive escort, why did he live in this shabby shared apartment that didn't even provide walls around his bedroom? And why did all the pick-ups of Andrew leave the house exactly at the moment that X came in? Were they waiting for him behind the door? And why introduce a "best girlfriend" and don't give her more than 2 minutes screen time? The only thing that I liked was the part of Patrick Bauchau as the old gay that had seen it all and had learned that people are more important than bodies and sex.All in all this is a movie just for the eyes (if you're into some soft-focused and very discreetly filmed nude male skin), and not for the heart or the mind. When I come to think of it: it took itself much too serious and sorely lacked some sense of humor.

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Craig Wilson

I know a lot of hookers who write beautiful monologues to themselves all the time. They talk about how lonely it is and how wonderful their lives should be. This movie is a joke. Saw this in Los Angeles and everyone I talked to hated this crap. The director or writer had a bad tan and a fake personality. I hope he didn't pay too much for film school because it didn't help. Loosely based on a some book no one read. Who cares? Save your money and go see a good movie like Must Love Dogs. Now, that movie is amazing. You got an old hag in that movie. This movie's got an old hag but he's a man. The writer of this movie is as shallow and unable to see what a boring douche he is as his movie is. Seriously, go see Must Love Dogs. It has dogs in it.

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BOY CULTURE is a very fine little film and were it being evaluated solely within the confines of gay films, it would easily rate 10 stars. It is well written, well directed, well acted and has messages that cover a fairly broad territory (racism, homophobia, hustler life style, relationships, coming out tales and tales from the closet, etc). There are some technical flaws with the film and some unresolved character problems that prevent it from being what it comes close to being, but finally here is a gay themed film that is wise, entertaining, and user-friendly for a larger population than the community for which it was made.The story is biographical in nature: "X" (Derek Magyar) is a male hustler who lives off the income from a limited clientèle of regulars, who occupies a living space with two gay roommates - Andrew (Darryl Stephens) and Joey (Jonathon Trent) - and who has what he thinks it takes to make him happy. The missing element is love, and in several ways he comes into proximity with that missing thread: his newest client is Gregory (Patrick Bauchau in a richly nuanced performance as a elderly closeted loner) who introduces X to the finer things in life, including introspection and looking for what is missing in his world. Andrew is a conflicted African American man who still misses the caring he had with a girlfriend whose wedding he is to attend. Joey has just turned 18 and looks to X and Andrew as father figures. The problem is that X and Andrew have deeper feelings of attraction and commitment to each other than either wants to admit, and the story (as narrated by X) is about how this mutual challenging need is resolved.Q. Allan Brocka directed and co-wrote the film with Philip Pierce and the dialog is snappy at times and gently tender at others. The cast is quite fine: the young lads are top notch eye candy while bringing solid acting skills to their roles, and the older actors bring a since of resilience to the story that keeps it grounded in style. This is a very good little film that deserves a wider audience, one that needs to see this aspect of the population once considered merely peripheral. Movies like this help understanding interpersonal relationships, and everyone needs to address that. Grady Harp

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