“BOY CULTURE”–what a job!!

“Boy Culture”

What a Job!

Amos Lassen

Picture if you can three buffed and beautiful young men—perfect young studs with an apartment that is heaven personified. Naturally we would think that they are perfectly happy but beneath those beautiful surfaces lay three unhappy people.

“Boy Culture” is the story of high priced hustlers. There is the un-named narrator whom we shall call “X” who has a stable of 12 clients. His roommate and the object of his lust is Andrew who is incredibly handsome but who not only wants to be loved but an open relationship as well. Then there is Joey (Blowy Joey) who is cute as can be and acts as a son to the two others.

“X” has a serious problem. As much as he loves and lusts after Andrew, his years as a john have left him unable to have sex without money being exchanged. He discovers a new follower, Gregory, who is not quite what he seems to be.

With these stories in play, the director Q. Allan Brocka manages to get everything going and does so with elegance and charm. The movie which s based on the novel of the same name is intelligent and creative. The actors suit their parts and are intelligent and wear their roles Derek Magyar as “X’ is excellent as the jaded and emotionally distant hustler and as a charisma not often seen on the screen.

The film has been called dark, depressing and controversial but I found it to be sympathetic even though it is about an unapologetic male whore. The movie is unique and enjoyable and t takes risks. The characters are such that they can be easily identified with. It’s a feel good film about being gay and accepting yourself and understanding your relationships. “X” carries the narration without giving away too much—he says what is necessary to Know and nothing more. Watching “Boy Culture” is similar to reading a book with the addition of beautiful guys. There is mystery, an unknown element and a really good story. Here we have two guys suppressing a relationship; a relationship they both want and need but are not willing to face.

Here is a gay movie that is thoughtful, witty, romantic and sexy. Beautiful photography emphasizes a story that is not always pretty. We enter a world that most of us are unfamiliar with and we get a picture of gay life as it is in a large urban center of contemporary society. Questions arise from the freedoms we have—about choice and how we guard ourselves against emotional wounds.

Everything about this film is superior—the writing, the photography, the direction and editing, the acting and the screenplay.  The performances are strong and the chemistry on screen is amazing. Everything is fairly predictable but it is great fun to watch.

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