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Boys Life: Three Stories of Love, Lust, and Liberation (1994)

 -  Drama  -  30 September 1994 (USA)
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Waiter (Pool Days)
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Kissing Couple (Pool Days)
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Weightlifter (Pool Days)
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Nadia (The Disco Years)
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Bryan (The Disco Years)
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Mr. Reese (The Disco Years)
Adrian Davey ...
Steamroom Guy (Pool Days)
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Vicky (Pool Days)
Richard Foster ...
Dad (Pool Days)
Will Gorgess ...
Steamroom Guy (Pool Days)
Terry Herrington ...
Weightlifter (Pool Days)
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Russell Williams (as Nick Poletti)
Russell Scott Lewis ...
Matt Wesson ("The Disco Years")
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Tom Peters ("The Disco Years")
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Each of the three short films in this collection presents a young gay man at the threshold of adulthood. In "Pool Days," Justin is a 17-year old Bethesda lad, hired as the evening life guard at a fitness center. In the course of the summer, he realizes and embraces that he's gay. In "A Friend of Dorothy," Winston arrives from upstate for his freshman year at NYU. He has to figure out, with some help from Anne, a hometown friend, how to build a social life as a young gay man in the city. In "The Disco Years," Tom looks back on 1978, the year in high school that he came out of the closet after one joyful and several painful encounters. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Dull, Predictable, a Waste of Time
14 October 1999 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

It's nice that these three young directors have produced films with good productions values and decent acting. There's some good work here.

Unfortunately they suffer from what afflicts much of modern gay cinema; recycled plots, too familiar devices (i have seen the "pool" setting way too many times in gay male films) and hackneyed scripts. Most egregious of all is "Dorothy" whose preposterous premise is that a cute young guy will have trouble getting laid in NYC due to a shortage of identifiable availabe gay guys in his vicinity.

In terms of cinema these shorts play like tacky little gay afterschool specials. Not a lot of imagination in their writing or execution; basically they follow a point-and-shoot, shot/reaction shot/master shot convention which becomes painfully dull after five or so minutes. There's hope for queer cinema in the works of Todd Haynes, Sadie Benning and the late, great Marlon Riggs...but not here. These films are incredibly middlebrow, singularly whitebread and their values basically pander to a gay bourgeois sensibility. Which is probably why they play so well at gay film festivals.


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