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      Dream Boy

      R Released Jan 28, 2008 1 hr. 28 min. Drama Romance LGBTQ+ List
      Reviews 44% 250+ Ratings Audience Score Two gay teenagers in the late 1970s rural South start a relationship. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Jul 26 Buy Now

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      Audience Member I've honestly seen better acting in porn than in this film, which honestly belied any of the sweetness or nuances seen in other LGBT-themed films; traits that are better found in foreign, namely European, cinema. I didn't feel as immediately immersed in this film as I have with others such as Jitters (Iceland, 2010), Jongens (Netherlands, 2014), or The Way He Looks (Brazil. 2014). Even though Dream Boy is in my native language, and has a simple narrative, it did nothing to transcend the film into the ranks of other fantastic LGBT films-- however, LGBT visibility in cinema is extremely important and, at the risk of sounding cliché, any press is good press. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/29/23 Full Review Audience Member Dream Boy follows the life of Nathan (Stephen Bender), a quiet teen who's just moved to a small Louisiana town deep in the country. It appears that he has troubled relationships with both his parents, especially his father (Thomas Jay Ryan) who seems to become enraged at every slight move Nathan makes. Nathan quickly falls for the boy next door Roy (Max Roeg) who also happens to be the driver of the school bus. In an intimate moment over a school assignment, the two teens admit their feelings for each other and begin a hidden relationship. It seems that this relationship is suspected by Nathan's father and also Roy's friend Burk. The story line of the movie is average, but due to the awfulness and awkwardness of the two star's acting, the film comes across as cheap and unprofessional. There were also times in the film when I was quite confused about what was happening, ie the ending (spoiler alert) was Nathan dead or not, why did Nathan's dad leave his body there when he saw it, why did no one notice Burke drag Nathan's body upstairs and rape him?) The twist at the end, that Nathan had been molested by his father as a child, is similar to the exploration of the effects of child abuse seen in "Mysterious Skin," which would have been a powerful moment if it hadn't been followed by such a ridiculous ending! All in all I have seen much better gay-themed coming-of-age themed films and I won't be watching this one again anytime soon! Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member This is a beautiful and moving film. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member I really loved the simplicity with which this movie unfolds a beautiful coming to age story. "Dream Boy" tells the story of Nathan, a new boy in town who falls for Roy, a school bus driver and student. Everything in this movie is very laid down, linear and simple. I loved the two main actors, the dialogues, the filming locations. Acting was really good, and I'd like to read the book this movie was inspired from. I was surprised by this cute little movie. "Dream Boy" demonstrates how even the smallest movie can deliver a powerful, touching story. This one didn't move much from the starting point, but it delivers a very strong message, and it does that in a very beautiful way. I found the ending a little confusing, but in line with the rest of the movie. Many things are left unsaid and unexplained, but in this case I liked that. "Dream Boy" is a very peculiar, forgotten gem. Don't loose it. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Audience Member If you see pass the flaws, some from acting, some from editing/directing and the cold unsettling conclusion, it is quite a nice film, the narrative is well - thought out and have a good contrast with very solid flow. It would made a 'larger' audience if it didn't screen in 2007, later or sooner exposure might have, in my analysis basing on the 'gay -themed/centered' movie trend and/or current. Wonderful scenic pictures and music gave the film an authentic feel of the period idea(70's), the early parts tumbled melodramatically and build up to the climax, with dark and vivid emotional drifting sense, and fall steep to the generalization, which probably would explain why most critics and viewers overlook it. A different style of writing(in movie adaptation), to where the end is not entirely unfinished but fell fast and/or separate(few major details left out/split) to be completely understood or unraveled, yet with the same purpose, to make the audience decipher it by themselves, or be a part of the story as the writer, figurative - meaning - wise, which didn't work in this film for all. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member This movie has an interesting love story. It ends on a bad note, but you can tell Roy and Nathan are happy together, but they fell in love in a totally different era where being gay wasn't easy, I can only imagine. The actors have chemistry, that's totally there and it shows throughout the movie, from beginning to end! Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Mattie Lucas From the Front Row Its third act twist comes out of nowhere and is completely unearned, serving little narrative purpose and completely failing in its aim to explore the nature of homophobia and self loathing. Rated: 2/4 Aug 5, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis Two gay teenagers in the late 1970s rural South start a relationship.
      Director
      James Bolton
      Executive Producer
      James Garbus, Robert Kroupa
      Screenwriter
      James Bolton
      Rating
      R (Sexual Content|Violence Including a Rape)
      Genre
      Drama, Romance, LGBTQ+
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jan 28, 2008, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Feb 21, 2020
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $6.3K
      Sound Mix
      Dolby Digital
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