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Poster Boy (2004)

R | | Drama | 8 May 2004 (USA)
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With the help of a hot, slightly older new acquaintence (Noseworthy), the closeted son (Newton) of a conservative U.S. Senator (Lerner) puts a shocking spin on his dad's re-election campaign.

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Zak Tucker
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Noseworthy ... Anthony
Valerie Geffner Valerie Geffner ... Izzy
Matt Newton ... Henry Kray
Austin Lysy ... Parker
Tighe Swanson Tighe Swanson ... Sam
Lorri Bagley ... Dierdre
Neal Huff ... Marcus
Ian Reed Kesler ... Skip Franklin (as Ian Kessler)
Ebon Moss-Bachrach ... Charlie
Karen Allen ... Eunice Kray
Michael Lerner ... Jack Kray
Anna Thomson Anna Thomson ... Emma
Spiro Malas Spiro Malas ... Mr Phoenix
Kristen Schaal ... Bookstore Lady #14
Tibor Feldman ... Therapist
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Storyline

With the help of a hot, slightly older new acquaintence (Noseworthy), the closeted son (Newton) of a conservative U.S. Senator (Lerner) puts a shocking spin on his dad's re-election campaign.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content/nudity | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Exposed See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,806, 13 August 2006

Gross USA:

$61,408, 22 October 2006
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Production Co:

Shallow Pictures LLC See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

After the Kray family meeting at the Waldorf near the film's beginning, Jack Kray emerges onto the street, and into an angry gay rights protest, with dark hair which he doesn't sport in any other scene. It's unexplained, and not a flashback because Anthony climbs onto his car as part of the protest. See more »

Quotes

Jack Brauer: Goddamn editors, think they run the newspaper.
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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An above average film marred by a couple bad decisions
28 July 2007 | by BrandtSponsellerSee all my reviews

A technical quibble first: my hearing is less than perfect, and Poster Boy has a lot of mumbled dialogue with no subtitles on the DVD. New films without subtitles are just inexcusable in my opinion--what is someone who is deaf supposed to do? Just not watch that film?

The best aspect of the film is the acting. The core cast are all fantastic. What didn't work so well for me was the cinematography, editing and the general low budget approach. The cinematography is mostly (or maybe all) hand-held, with a lot of shaky cam shots and a lot of blurriness. The film is loaded with overexposed shots and a dominance of white. While that may have been so for metaphorical reasons, it's not the most pleasant thing to watch aesthetically if it's relentless--and that's also not the best way to get the metaphorical aspects across. The editing is frequently frenetic. In combination with the locations, sets and general lack of music, Poster Boy has the feel of a 100-thousand dollar art house drama made by a director who is way too obsessed with The Blair Witch Project.

Fortunately, the story is better than that would suggest, although it's not perfect. This would have been far more on-target and controversial 15 years ago (given our present knowledge and overall lack of reaction to the sexuality of some political offspring), but it's still engaging enough, especially given the performances, and at any rate, it deals with important issues that are still far from resolved in our culture.


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