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Boys Life 4: Four Play (2003)

 |  Comedy, Drama  |  1 August 2003 (USA)
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Four gay shorts are rolled into one 83-minute movie.

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Michael (segment "L.T.R")
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Riley (segment "L.T.R.")
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Caitlan (segment "L.T.R")
Michael Azria ...
Tobias (segment "L.T.R")
Phillip J. Bartell ...
Interviewer (segment "L.T.R") (voice)
Jonathan Alberts ...
Blurred Boy in Coffee Shop (segment "L.T.R")
David Feldman ...
Boy in Line (segment "L.T.R")
Barry Gellis ...
Boy in Line (segment "L.T.R")
Rich Rennessy ...
Boy in Line (segment "L.T.R")
Michael Peters ...
Boy in Line (segment "L.T.R")
Howard Simson ...
Boy in Line (segment "L.T.R")
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Boy in Line (segment "L.T.R")
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Brad (segment "O Beautiful")
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Andy (segment "O Beautiful") (as David Rogers)
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Craig (segment "Bumping Heads")
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Boys Life 4: Four Play is the latest installment in the successful series of gay short films. Featuring films directed by past Strand Releasing directors Brian Sloan, Eric Mueller and filmmakers Alan Brown and Phillip Bartel, this follow-up showcases gay filmmaking at its best. The films in this package include Sloan's BUMPING HEADS, Bartel's LTR, Brown's O' BEAUTIFUL, and Mueller's THIS CAR UP. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Also Known As:

Histórias de Pegação 4  »

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$11,845 (USA) (1 August 2003)

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$11,845 (USA) (1 August 2003)
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In the "Bumping Heads" segment, New York photographer Craig Hamrick can be briefly seen in the bar scene, sitting at a bar, talking to another uncredited extra. This is just before the main characters (one of whom is named Craig, and is played by an actor named Craig) "bump heads" giving the movie its title. Hamrick is a friend of the movie's director, 'Brian Sloan', and he was on the set that day shooting some publicity stills for the movie. Also visiting the set that day was Parker Posey, dropping by to see her pal Craig Chester. See more »

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10 December 2003 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

...in that order, is my rating for these four short films, from best to worst. The stories have been told before, by other reviewers, so I'll just say that "l.t.r." is certainly the most entertaining, with wicked writing and another awesome performance by Weston Mueller (who was in "Crush" on BOYS TO MEN), who has "future star" written all over him. Someone give Phillip J. Bartell a feature! Next, for all it's bad criticisms, I enjoyed "O Beautiful". Easily the best-looking of the bunch, the cinematography made up for the occasional incredulous moment. The two leads were sincere in their approach, and their performances were quite good. The script is what failed them. The split screen technique worked most of the time, but not all. I think the director should have wielded it with a little more finesse, as there were moments when it was too distracting (inside the truck). Then take "This Car Up", which utilizes split-screen in a clever and interesting way with good performances. The biggest fizzle in the bunch was "Bumping Heads" starring Craig Chester, an actor I really like, but who is wasted here. The movie is limp all around with unsteady acting and a script that, well, could have been better.

My overall recommendation is that BOYS LIFE 4 is worth a look for "l.t.r." alone.


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