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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: #147,528 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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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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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3.0 out of 5 stars "Faction" or "mockumentary"? What it isn't is "good." November 2, 2004
Format:DVD
Observation: When a DVD's "extras" include a game where you can guess what is real and what isn't, it is a good sign that even the film's producers weren't quite sure what was going on. Such is the case with 2002's "Showboy," a "mockumentary" (the producers prefer to refer to it as "Faction") about the tough world of show business.

Christian Taylor is a 30-something Brit, a protege' of producer Alan Ball who had a steady gig as writer/producer of HBO's successful series "Six Feet Under." He agrees to have a documentary crew film him in action on the set, and forgets that his microphone is live when he goes in for a private meeting with Alan Ball, who fires him as the show wraps its current season. The film crew hunts down Taylor, who has relocated to Las Vegas to explore the possibility of becoming a dancer, likely a "chorusboy" in a production show. Unaware that the crew had overheard his firing, he tells them that he is in Vegas to do "research" on a future film project, and has them follow him around to meetings with agents, dance classes and auditions. He lives with a friend who had worked as a dancer in a chorus, and who is honest with him that he is too old, too short and somewhat out of shape to compete with the more experienced dancers he will encounter in auditions. Taylor finds that he even has to lie about his experience and training to get an audition, but he perseveres, gradually works his way to a mediocre dance ability, and continues auditioning. A few (obviously contrived and overdone) emotional scenes reveal he is also lonely and afraid of his future prospects, and considers the film crew to be a support system in his quest.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY ENJOYABLE FILM August 24, 2004
Format:DVD
Because I am a BIG fan of the TV series "Six Feet Under", I purchased this DVD of "Showboy" staring one of the series' writers-Christian Taylor (he also wrote the screenplay for and is a co-director of "Showboy"). What a neat premise for a film that being a documentary that is not a real documentary but has the feel of a real documentary--it goes like this--a British documentary show wants to film a documentary about one of the writers of the award winning series "Six Feet Under" that writer is Christian Taylor. At the very beginning (while a segment of the aforesaid series is being filmed in Las Vegas) Christian is abruptly fired from "Six Feet"--the documentary film" crew overhears the firing due to the fact that the "firing" is picked up on the documentary soundtrack. Everyone knows that Christian has been fired with Christian being unaware of that fact. Mortified he tries to disappear by running away from his home in L.A. to Las Vegas; nevertheless, the British team, led by its fascinated host, is in "hot pursuit". They finally do find him in Las Vegas staying with a friend (along with the friend's jealous dog) trying to improve his dancing skills while auditioning to be a Showboy for various shows on the Las Vegas strip. Thus, the "mockamentary" begins because Christian pretends not to have been fired from "Six Feet Under" but he tells the British folks that he is doing research for a purposed screenplay by seeing what it takes to be a "Showboy" in Las Vegas. The host of the supposed documentary becomes fascinated with Christian and his "lie". Thus the documentary crew follows him around in his pursuit of this fake material for his screenplay. Read more ›
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