Boy Culture (2006)

Unrated  |   |  Drama  |  31 January 2007 (France)
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A successful male escort describes in a series of confessions his tangled romantic relationships with his two roommates and an older, enigmatic male client.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Zelma (as Demene Hall)
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A successful male escort describes in a series of confessions his tangled romantic relationships with his two roommates and an older, enigmatic male client.

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sex pays. love costs. See more »




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31 January 2007 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Boy Culture - Sex Pays. Love costs.  »

Box Office


$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$27,835 (USA) (23 March 2007)


$220,151 (USA) (27 July 2007)

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Feature film debut for Derek Magyar, who portrays X. See more »


When X and Andrew are heading to Portland for the wedding, the scenery of Seattle going by is heading north. Portland is south of Seattle. See more »


Joey: [bringing mug full of hot water] One order of freshly microwaved tap-water.
Gregory Talbot: Smells delicious.
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References The Silence of the Lambs (1991) See more »


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An Intelligent and Stylish Film That Goes Beyond Its Genre
16 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

BOY CULTURE is a very fine little film and were it being evaluated solely within the confines of gay films, it would easily rate 10 stars. It is well written, well directed, well acted and has messages that cover a fairly broad territory (racism, homophobia, hustler life style, relationships, coming out tales and tales from the closet, etc). There are some technical flaws with the film and some unresolved character problems that prevent it from being what it comes close to being, but finally here is a gay themed film that is wise, entertaining, and user-friendly for a larger population than the community for which it was made.

The story is biographical in nature: "X" (Derek Magyar) is a male hustler who lives off the income from a limited clientèle of regulars, who occupies a living space with two gay roommates - Andrew (Darryl Stephens) and Joey (Jonathon Trent) - and who has what he thinks it takes to make him happy. The missing element is love, and in several ways he comes into proximity with that missing thread: his newest client is Gregory (Patrick Bauchau in a richly nuanced performance as a elderly closeted loner) who introduces X to the finer things in life, including introspection and looking for what is missing in his world. Andrew is a conflicted African American man who still misses the caring he had with a girlfriend whose wedding he is to attend. Joey has just turned 18 and looks to X and Andrew as father figures. The problem is that X and Andrew have deeper feelings of attraction and commitment to each other than either wants to admit, and the story (as narrated by X) is about how this mutual challenging need is resolved.

Q. Allan Brocka directed and co-wrote the film with Philip Pierce and the dialog is snappy at times and gently tender at others. The cast is quite fine: the young lads are top notch eye candy while bringing solid acting skills to their roles, and the older actors bring a since of resilience to the story that keeps it grounded in style. This is a very good little film that deserves a wider audience, one that needs to see this aspect of the population once considered merely peripheral. Movies like this help understanding interpersonal relationships, and everyone needs to address that. Grady Harp

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