All his life, African-American Renato has been raised in an Italian-American family. Completely unaware that he is Black, his life is upended when his birth parents materialize, causing Renato to examine what he true heritage is.
David is a teenager whose parents are in a deteriorating marriage after their infant daughter dies. Clara is a chambermaid at a Jamaican resort who's hired to be a housekeeper. She and ... See full summary »
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 <email@example.com> / edits by TrivWhiz
Fiction? "Faction?" A "Mockumentary?" Whatever you call it, Showboy is good fun. A showing at the 15th annual Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival filled the house, and elicited howls of laughter and cheers of appreciation. The film works best if you just go with it--don't think too much about it, suspend disbelief and let the characters get under your skin, as they will. Think "Blair Witch Project" pseudo-reality meets the antic desperation of "Living In Oblivion." Sort of.
Christian Taylor is wonderful, and his dance lesson with Adrian Armas truly smolders. It is easy to get caught up in the fun, and the trials and tribulations of a nice guy currently down on his luck. Well produced, nicely shot and featuring a look behind the scenes in Las Vegas and the movie and television industry, Showboy is not what you might expect--a pleasant surprise.
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