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A male prostitute who has dismissed the need for love in his life learns a lesson about affection from one of his customers in this independent comedy drama from filmmaker Q. Allan Brocka. X (Derek Magyar) is a gay hustler whose enigmatic name reflects his emotional distance from the world around him; he doesn't much believe in love, and isn't interested in sex unless he's being paid for it. X has a dozen regular customers he calls his "disciples," and shares his home with two roommates -- Andrew (Darryl Stephens), whose good looks sometimes tempt X, though he's still uncertain about his own sexual feelings, and Joey (Jonathon Trent), an uninhibited and outré teenager who openly lusts after X, to no avail. Gregory (Patrick Bauchau) is an older man who regularly hires X for companionship, but he refuses to have sex with the hustler until he's willing to acknowledge that their attraction is mutual. X isn't about to admit to any such thing, but one day Gregory shares a story with X that forces him to reconsider his thinking. Boy Culture received its North American premiere at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
This was so much better than I ever could have expected it to be. Anyone with half of a heart would have guessed they wound up together at the end, but it didn't stop me from having to smile so big. I wish I had someone to recommend it to!
I can be very shallow at times so that fact that this cast was beautiful was a positive. I was surprise and please by how much more there was to this movie than the synopsis let on but the movie poster makes it look like a sexy movie and it is but its more about relationships and I loved it.
I thought this was an unusually fine movie. I think the plot line on Flixster misses the target; the box label says it better "sex pays - love costs". I laughed at what one character said about the natural transition from the search for Mr Right to the search for Mr Right Now.
I got caught up on the DVD cover and reading the synopsis of the movie. Didn't think I would really enjoy this and, it's laughable, thought it might be too gay. Wrong - X is a complex character dealing with finding love. Director (Brocka), did a very good job of making his message stay on target. Hetero and gays would relate to the storyline.
I loved this movies and although I am not big on narrative movies, I thought this movie perfected the style quite nicely. I could totally relate to X as I think there is a lot of similarities between him and I, but I could also relate to Joey and Andrew as well. This movie definitely dives inside the mind and tells what it's really like to be a gay guy trying to make a connection with someone, yet afraid when it almost happens.
I found myself really liking this film.You find yourself caring for a male hooker or doesn't like to show his feeling for those around him. Has comedy, love, some good eye candy. Over all a very good flick.
Somewhere, the corpse of Tennessee Williams is spinning. When he was busy introducing subtle themes of homosexuality into his plays in the '40s and '50s, surely he must have imagined that 60 years later what we now call Queer Cinema (film being a natural offspring of live theater, after all) might have advanced to a level worthy of the term "art." But year after year, mediocre gay films are praised as good since they're not out-and-out bad, as 90% of gay movies made these days are. "Boy Culture" is no exception. While it does get credit for introducing stereotypes only to challenge them and making a valiant attempt at three-dimensional gay characters, it's shoddily made. The acting is hard to critique because the editing is poor. And because the editing is poor, you have to wonder about the real intentions of the director. The story pitches and stalls, the themes are nicely drawn but ultimately oversimplified in favor of a sappy ending, and the technical elements border on amateur. As much as the world of "independent film" pisses and moans about the studio system, movies like this leave one wondering what might have happened had this been put through the ringer of rigorous test audiences and spruced up with some nice production values. Would it have lost its heart? I guess this is the price we pay for not wanting it both ways...
This movie is an interesting journey of a guy who won't have sex without being paid to someone who truly falls for the guy in the end. The hopeless romantic inside of me liked this film a lot because they get the guy in the end...albeit with some compromising on the part of both of them...overall a pretty good offering from queer cinema with a decent cast of actors and a good story too.