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Showboy (2004)

Lauren Ambrose , Adrian Armas , Lindy Heymann  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Lauren Ambrose, Adrian Armas, Alan Ball, Jason Buchtel, Alan Connell
  • Directors: Lindy Heymann
  • Format: AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Wolfe Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 17, 2004
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002B15OM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #319,326 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Showboy" on IMDb

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  • Commentary
  • Fact/fiction game
  • Deleted scenes

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With dry humor, the mockumentary Showboy turns a portrait in self-delusion into the pursuit of a dream. A British documentarian wants to make a short movie about Christian Taylor, a writer on the cable series Six Feet Under--only she arrives just as Christian is abruptly fired while the show is shooting in Las Vegas. Humiliated and depressed, Christian stays in Vegas and starts pursuing jobs as a chorus boy; he tells the documentarian that he's doing research for a screenplay. Showboy plays its cards very close to the chest; the agents, dance teachers, and casting directors that Christian meets with could well be genuine--the deadpan performances never wink at the camera. The humor springs from a mixture of embarrassing awkwardness and the fundamental absurdity of life in Las Vegas. With cameos by Whoopi Goldberg, Siegfried and Roy, and Alan Ball (creator of Six Feet Under). --Bret Fetzer

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When Christian Taylor a writer on HBO s wildly popular Six Feet Under agrees to let a British Television crew film him for a documentary he doesn't realize that they will hear it when Executive Producer Alan Ball unexpectedly fires him.Rather than admit he s been canned Christian tells the crew he s got a new project and has them follow him as he begins an unusual quest to fulfill a life long dream to bee a Vegas Showboy. As the bewildered crew follows him from strip-mall studios to the stages of top shows they meet a cast of wild and wonderful characters who are the true life and soul of Las Vegas Other Information: Running Time 93 MinFormat: DVD MOVIE

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Documentary as an Entertainment Form! August 24, 2004
Format:DVD
SHOWBOY is a fascinating little film that challenges you to decide the polarity between fact and fiction. Though seemingly a Documentary (listed on the cover of the DVD as a Mockumentary) this is a work written by Screenwriter Christian Taylor and Lindy Heymann about the transition of a young man from a writer to a chorus line showboy in Las Vegas. 'Apparently' Christian was a writer for the popular HBO series SIX FEET UNDER, but was fired and retreated to Las Vegas to lick his wounds and apparently do research for a new screenplay on Vegas performers. Lindy Hermann is a documentarian who has been shooting a film about Taylor's involvement with Six Feet Under, discovers he has been fired, and follows him to Las Vegas where she continues to shoot the life of Taylor. Taylor becomes enamored with Las Vegas, wants to get the feel of 'tryouts' and the life and training of the showboys, only to discover that in his attempt to escape his disappointment with his loss of employment, he has found a new obsession with trying to be a dancer! His preparations and auditions are caught on film and one in particular, with a very fine and smoldering dancer Adrian Armas, shows Christian Taylor's 'passions' as a gay man encountering the dream of show biz with all the accoutrements! During the course of the film we meet a roommate (Erich Miller, an actual showboy now retired), Whoopi Goldberg, and Siegfried and Roy - all representing aspects of Las Vegas showtime. While it is difficult to find the line where we are being voyeurs or being duped, this film is never less than entertaining. And as with the best of documentaries (if indeed that is what it is) we are willingly swept along with the process. Highly recommended.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Tedious, not convincing! January 22, 2014
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While the goal of the main character is to become a show boy, and his struggles are immense, it would have been better presented in a movie rather than a pseudo-documentary. It seemed overly long; but that could have been because I was not invested in the story line. The movie lost my interest in the first 8 minutes. I gave it two stars because there was some redeeming social value to the main character's struggles to become a show boy!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Exquisitely Lackluster December 30, 2013
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This movie is so West Coast/Hollywood, with its feeble-brained but pretty-faced lead character and its earnest striving to appear culturally relevant.

It moves slowly, too - which is apropos.

See it when you're sick in bed and want a way to waste time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Showboy (2002) July 5, 2010
By Elisa
Format:DVD
I saw this factional movie since Adrian Armas will be in the sequel to A Four Letter Word, Violet Tendencies, that Jesse Archer and Casper Andreas are producing just now ([...]). He will be the "love interest" of Jesse Archer's character. So, truth be told, I was not expecting for it to be so nice, it was more a research work I was doing.

And instead, Showboy is a very nice movie. At the beginning, Christian Taylor was so good, that I was almost believing that it was his real story I was looking at. He is a mix of innocence and reality, has a way to pass you his feelings without word.

Adrian Armas' character is again, the dream date, he has two/three scenes, but everytime he is on the screen, he shines. He has not actually a nice character, he is selfish and uncaring, he doesn't realize Christian's feelings, but well, this is what most "dream date" are, unreachable, isn't it?
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