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Showboy (2002)

Unrated  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  22 June 2002 (USA)
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Fired from a TV show, a writer looks into becoming a chorus boy while a documentary crew follows his efforts.

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Christian Taylor - Writer
Lindy Heymann ...
Lindy Heymann - Director
Joe Daley ...
Joe Daley - Christian's Roommate
Erich Miller ...
Erich Miller
Jason Buchtel ...
Jason Buchtel - Local Producer
Read Scot ...
Read Scot - Talent Agent
Minnie Madden ...
Minnie Madden - Callback Casting Magazine / Cocktails Strip Audtion Judge
Aaron Porter ...
Aaron Porter - Dancer
Bruce Merrin ...
Bruce Merrin - Manager / Publicist
Elise Vallee ...
Elise Vallee - Ballet Teacher
Blair Farrington ...
Blair Farrington - Vegas Show Producer
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Adrian Armas - Model / Dancer
Gary Campbell ...
Host, Backstage Live
Connie Ross ...
Host, Backstage Live
Joe Cervantes ...
Cocktails Stripper
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Christian Taylor, a writer on the hit TV series Six Feet Under (2001), is being profiled by a British documentary crew when he's fired, although he doesn't know the doc crew overheard the firing. They follow him around Las Vegas, where Six Feet Under was filming on location, and where he is now ostensibly doing "research" for a script he claims to be writing, but is actually pursuing a dream to become a dancer in a Vegas show. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com> / edits by TrivWhiz

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$300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,597 (USA) (9 April 2004)

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christopher guest this ain't
26 August 2004 | by (nowhere) – See all my reviews

What? That's the question I kept asking myself while watching Showboy. I thought I was in for a great satirical mockumentary in the christopher guest tradition. What I got was an unfunny, depressing, and at times, boring movie full of gay stereotypes. Why in the world movies made by gay men have to be full of stereotypes still is beyond me. You want to know some of them? Okay lets go: Christian lives with numerous "roommates" most of which lisp. Multiple choice time, Christian gets fired from his job and tries to find work as a (a) construction worker (b) office professional (c) auto mechanic (d) vegas chorus dancer. Duh the answer is d! Christian is obsessed with the tiny itty bitty amount of extra skin he has in his mid section. Christian insists on wearing white socks and shorts. Do I have to go on? The other main annoyance was how mean spirited the whole movie was. Guest can take characters and basically tear them apart, making fun of them the whole way, but there is this over the top jest to the proceedings that make it funny, not harsh. This movie has a gritty voyeuristic quality to it that makes the constant failure of Christian and the impossibly cool nature of the documentary crew (example time, Christian pours his heart out telling the crew that the only reason he lets them follow him around is because he'd feel so empty and lonely without them, they continue letting him believe they are actually trying to film a nice documentary about him and his script) really really hard to take. I chuckled a few times, mostly during early scenes of an inappropriately attired Christian learning to dance, but mostly I sat through the whole thing tempted to turn it off and watch something else. .5 out of 10 stars


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