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Dream Boy (2008)

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Chronicles the relationship between two gay teenagers in the rural south in the late '70s.

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Roy (as Max Roeg)
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Evelyn (as Tricia Mara)
Rickie Lee Jones ...
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Brother Will
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Chronicles the relationship between two gay teenagers in the rural south in the late '70s.

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R for sexual content, and some violence including a rape - involving teens | See all certifications »

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11 December 2008 (Germany)  »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)

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$2,243 (USA) (26 March 2010)

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$6,319 (USA) (25 June 2010)
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Leonardo DiCaprio's production company, Appian Way, expressed interest in investing in the film. See more »

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When Roy is in the barn with Nathan he puts a crate of jars onto a shelf, above Nathan's head. He stops to mention going on a camping trip to Nathan. Next you see him putting one of two sacks, which were on the ground moments ago, up onto that high shelf. The second one is up there already and the crate of jars is now pushed neatly to the left. See more »

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On This Land (Feathers Keep Falling)
Written by Jesse Sykes
Performed by Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter
with Micah Hulscher on piano and Eric Eagle on drums
Recorded by Phil Wandscher
Additional recording and production by Randall Dunn at Aleph
Mixed by Randall Dunn
Published by Spooky American Music (BMI) administered by Bug
Jesse Sykes and The Sweet Hereafter appears courtesy of Barsuk Records
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Reality and Dreams and Where They Intersect
27 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Back in 1995 Jim Grimsley published DREAM BOY, the second novel of his continuing examination of the coming of age in the South and followed by the equally popular COMFORT AND JOY, BOULEVARD, FORGIVENESS, MY DROWNING etc. It took many years of for James Bolton ('Eban & Charley', 'The Graffiti Artist') to decide to adapt this story to the screen, and while Bolton elected to replace much of the lyricism of Grimsley's prose with extended periods of non-verbal communication in the screenplay, the story of two high school kids coming to grips with a mutual attraction in the dank repressive aura of the South manages to still come through intact.

Nathan (Stephen Bender) is a quiet, reclusive sophomore in high school who is settling in to yet another move by his alcoholic, Bible-pounding, abusive father (Thomas Jay Ryan) and his sympathetic mother (Diana Scarwid). Next door lives handsome jock Roy (Maximillian Roeg) who befriends Nathan, shares homework, and when he is not with his girlfriend, offers Nathan rides in the school bus he drives. Exchanges of glances and the growth of mutual attraction between the boys lead to a very private but sincere physical relationship: Nathan does not share with Roy that he has suffered sexual abuse from his father. Roy and his buddies - Burke (a very promising Randy Wayne) and Randy (Owen Beckman) - begin to join the boys on swimming gigs and finally a camping trip that includes visitation of an old deserted and possibly haunted plantation house. What happens in this mysterious place provides the climax of the story - a brutal surprise ending that then transports the film into another dimension - a region the viewer must decide is satisfying or not.

There are some fine moments in this little low budget movie and the presence of Maximillian Roeg, Diana Scarwid, and Randy Wayne lifts the cast to a higher level of competence. Whether or not the viewer is willing to go along with the ending will make the vote for or against the film. Bolton does have a fine touch with stories about the coming out of young men in his films and his ability to capture the Gothic atmosphere of the South is solid.

Grady Harp


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