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House of Boys (2009)

Unrated | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 29 July 2011 (USA)
Two young soul mates find each other while working at an all-male performance club/brothel. Eventually, one contracts AIDS.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Loïc Peckels ...
Young Jake
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Frank
Harry Ferrier ...
Karl
Michael N. Kuehl ...
Christopher
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Rita
Sascha Ley ...
Frank's Mother
Chris McHallem ...
Frank's Father
Natalie Slevin ...
Amanda
Kelly Jake ...
Boyd (as Jack Kelly)
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Jake
Emma Griffiths Malin ...
Carol (as Emma Griffiths-Malin)
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Young Hippy Boy (as Elias Comfort)
Roya Zargar ...
Young Hippy Girl (as Roja Zargar)
Marco Wirges ...
Bouncer 1
David Imper ...
Bouncer 2
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A glamorous, colourful coming-of-age story that follows the dramatic journey of Frank, a high school kid in 1984, through an exciting world of sex and music, where his deep new passion is suddenly turned into a struggle for courage facing a new disease - the "gay cancer" - and becomes deep, true love in the expectancy of his friend's horrible death and beyond. Written by Jean-Claude Schlim & Christian Thiry

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Make Love Your Goal

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Drama | Musical | Romance

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29 July 2011 (USA)  »

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Dom chlopców  »

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Trivia

(2009) Luxembourg Film Prize: Best Picture, Best Cinematography and Best Production Design. See more »

Quotes

Angelo: Oh, my god! You guys DIDN'T have sex. You made love.
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rav'ing

1) refers to communication, usually speech, that is wild, disjointed, or unintelligible 2) associated with intense emotion, or in extreme cases with mental illness See more »

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Features Imitation of Life (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Sex Junkies
Music and Lyrics by Shanu Sherwani and Ed Savage
Performed by Shanu Sherwani
© Shanu Sherwani and Ed Savage
Courtesy of Nylon Records
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Frenetic, phony, annoying and totally unbelievable
8 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Unlike some other reviewers, I watch movies for the quality of the entertainment, not for the quality of the preaching. If I want to learn about AIDS, about the history or symptoms or progression or politics of the disease, I'll look it up - I won't watch a movie. I watch movies ONLY to be entertained, never to be educated.

The big problem with this movie is that it's stupid, boring and totally, totally unbelievable. It starts out like a farce, with cartoon good kids and cartoon bullies and cartoon bad parents all interacting frenetically; and the thirtysomething high school kid pumping his thing behind his unlocked door right when Mom and Dad and Little Sis noisily come home - but does he hear them before they barge in and catch him full-handed? Of course not! Or even like a high school musical (the painfully contrived, amateur Fame-esque dance that bursts out of nowhere on the high school steps as the opening credits roll?) Or God only knows what - except that it turns into a maudlin, preachy, soapy tragedy long before the end.

This is a TERRIBLE movie, in which Luxembourgers talk like Cockneys and the Dutch talk like Americans and everybody always looks like they just stepped out of the shower... and it's all just a crazy, mixed-up, phony mess that's as annoying as gnats swarming around your face. I hated it.


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