Glen Erskine: A family man and the director and chief of staff of New Horizons, a group home and counseling center for abused boys. Glen is a child psychologist with impeccable credentials who has an international reputation as one of the foremost scholars in the study of male adolescent sexuality. Tommy Jackson: A victim of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse since he was an infant, Tommy is taken into custody by the Department of Social Services and placed at New Horizons after his mother is arrested by the FBI for making pornographic videos of him and selling them on the Internet. At New Horizons, Tommy's young life finally seems to be coming together. But when the nature of the love he shares with one of his counselors is discovered and their relationship is destroyed, Tommy strikes back by accusing the man he believes responsible - Glen Erskine. With that accusation, the stage is set for a dark, disturbing, and yet poignant tale of love, commitment, betrayal, forgiveness, and ... Written by
Gary M. Frazier
It's a disturbing fact of life, and when handled responsibly, as it is by this writer/director team - meaning without nudity or pandering - the topic can provoke a vital discussion between teens and their parents. Although unrated, MPAA would probably slap an NC-17 rating, barring those under seventeen from attending the film, which would ruin the discussions. Such hypocrisy is invariably at the expense of indie films, while studio product such as American Beauty, in which Kevin Spacey enjoys graphic fantasies of the underage Mena Suvari, slides by with an R rating. The system stinks; Costanzo's movie does not. It's a powerful and provocative achievement from a first-time filmmaker of enormous promise.
7 of 9 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?