Boy Culture NR

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Literate, funny and smart, Q. Allan Brocka's (Eating Out) Boy Culture, adapted from a much-loved novel by Matthew Rettenmund, is the story of three roommates, their lusts, their price, and their hearts.

Starring:
Derek Magyar, Darryl Stephens
Runtime:
1 hour 28 minutes

Boy Culture

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Genres Drama, Gay & Lesbian
Director Q. Allan Brocka
Starring Derek Magyar, Darryl Stephens
Supporting actors Patrick Bauchau, Darryl Stephens, Peyton Hinson, Jonathon Trent, Kyle Santler, Emily Brooke Hands, Matt Riedy, Clifford Harrington, Molly Manago, Demene E. Hall, William Hall Jr., Joël René, Kibibi Monie, Jesse Archer, Jeffrey Gilbert, Laprell Nelson, Edwin Stone, Skip Cohan
Studio TLA Releasing
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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The story is well written and is very believable, as are the characters and the acting is very good !!!
Kevinep
Stories within stories, within stories, this is a fascinating insight into gay culture, and it rings so real, it will grab you.
AdamS
It is easy for the viewer to grant this forgiveness since "X" is actually a very passionate, albeit damaged, character.
L. Phelan

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112 of 115 people found the following review helpful By L. Phelan on June 25, 2007
Format: DVD
The acting in most gay movies is TERRIBLE, so I was pleased to stumble across Derek Magyar's performance in "Boy Culture". The character he plays is extremely sexy (mostly because he is guarded almost to the point of being completely unavailable). The character "X" is a high priced male hustler with a very select client roster. "X" appears to the outside world to be a hardened, almost heartless, shell of a human being, but the audience is privy to his innermost thoughts. Through this internal dialog, we learn that "X" is "saving himself" for someone who loves him, and has convinced himself that he is secretly in love with his roommate played by the talented young actor Darryl Stephens of LOGO's Noah's ARC. If Derek wasn't a gifted actor, the character "X" would not have been likable (and the audience wouldn't have cared what ultimately happened to him). But, because Derek IS a talented actor, with above average material that borrows from a classic play, the audience is given the opportunity to invest in what happens to "X".

The story unfolds through sexy dialog that is believable enough if the audience is willing enough to suspend belief long enough to buy into a more serious, and sexier, gay version of "Pretty Woman." If you let out a little groan at the comparison, be aware that both of these films owe a debt to George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion". While "Pretty Woman" follows a more predictable, and commercial path with the prerequisite Hollywood happy ending which owes more to "My Fair Lady" than Shaw's original play, "Boy Culture" is actually closer to the spirit of "Pygmalion".
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96 of 101 people found the following review helpful By interested_observer on August 11, 2007
Format: DVD
The protagonist (played by Derek Magyar) of "Boy Culture" uses the film to confess his issues to the audience, using a pseudonym, X. X worked his way through the University of Washington by prostituting himself to his dentist. After graduation, he built up a clientele of twelve customers willing to pay very high amounts for his services. (A zoom looked like $5,000/ 1 hour session; X must be very good indeed.) In order to disguise the source of his income from the IRS, X took on two roommates for zero rent each. One roommate is video store employee Andrew Thompson (played by Darryl Stephens), and the other is promiscuous eighteen-year old Joey (played by Jonathon Trent), who lives off an allowance and hasn't gone past his GED for schooling. One of X's twelve clients just died, giving him a chance to interview seventy-nine-year old penthouse-dweller Gregory Talbot (played by Patrick Bauchau) as the replacement. This is where the film starts.

X, Andrew, and Joey all want love and a better life. Inevitably a triangle formed, sometimes oriented one way, sometimes the other. In general, Joey wants X, X wants Andrew, and Andrew has sex once with Joey. Each partly expresses his love for the others, but internal issues prevent any resolutions. Gregory develops a strong, confiding relationship with X but holds back a key piece, whose revelation catalyzes the triangle. Everyone moves ahead and gets a happy next stage.

The movie "Boy Culture" is based reasonably closely on Matthew Rettenmund's 1995 book of the same name.
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68 of 79 people found the following review helpful By A. McIntyre on August 16, 2007
Format: DVD
I liked so many things about "Boy Culture" that I had to think long and hard about giving the film only three stars (and would have been three and a half if Amazon had that feature).

Q. Allan Brooks had a limited budget and shooting schedule (not unusual for gay films). Yet "Boy Culture" has a good look, with many location shots in Seattle. Sexy Darryl Stephens' line readings are often stiff and awkward, so time for 2nd takes must have been very limited. The lack of money was most evident in the background music -- awful pretty much covers it.

The story of a high priced male escort and his two sexy roommates is always interesting, especially as the potential for a relationship between X and Andrew seems more and more possible. The 3rd roommate, barely legal Joey, is wonderful as the forever trick happy new guy in town. The theme of friends becoming lovers and then friends and finally lovers again is
done very well.

Now the major problem. A high priced male escort (one check for his very short term company was for $5,000) could not survive in Seattle with only 12 clients who want sex and little or no personal intimacy. X might find 12 clients who fit that mold in New York or Los Angeles, but not in a smaller city. Escorting requres personality and charm, which X does not possess; it is not all about sex. In fact, some of the highest priced escorts are not great in bed.

The special features provide insights into the story and the way the director approcahed the filming of a popular book. I learned quite a bit about the lead actors in their individual Q&As. The lack of a commentary makes the special features fun, but not a necessity.

Finally the film played much better in a sold out movie theater, with Darryl Stephens in the audience, than it did on home DVD. Try to watch
"Boy Culture" with 12 friends.
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