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House of Boys (2009)

 -  Drama | Musical | Romance  -  29 July 2011 (USA)
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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
Gintare Parulyte ...
Rita
Sascha Ley ...
Frank's Mother
Chris McHallem ...
Frank's Father
Natalie Slevin ...
Amanda
Kelly Jake ...
Boyd (as Jack Kelly)
Benn Northover ...
Jake
Emma Griffiths Malin ...
Carol (as Emma Griffiths-Malin)
Elias McConnell ...
Young Hippy Boy (as Elias Comfort)
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Young Hippy Girl (as Roja Zargar)
Marco Wirges ...
Bouncer 1
David Imper ...
Bouncer 2
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Storyline

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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high school | gay | coming of age | love | aids | See more »

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Make Love Your Goal

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Drama | Musical | Romance

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Release Date:

29 July 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dom chlopców  »

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Layke Anderson refused to do promotion for the film. See more »

Quotes

Madame: How's my new boy doing?
Emma: Pulling at the reins to dance. I think he's a fast learner.
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One day I'll weep for this One of these days I'll start to cry (James Baldwin) See more »

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Features Imitation of Life (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Ratte im Kellernest
Lyrics from Johann Wolfgang Goethe's (as Goethe) "Faust"
Performed by Udo Kier
Music by Principal Trade Center
Produced, mixed and recorded by Richard Johanns
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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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