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2/10
I would have loved to have seen a real movie about this...
Havan_IronOak29 July 2014
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I've rated more than 2000 films on IMDb and this film has earned its dubious place in my list of the 10 worst movies I've ever seen.

I'd like to start by saying that I love gay films and films with gay themes and it pains me to have to write a review like this one.

I think that the best films are literate, insightful and consistently entertaining. The story-line should be organic and draw the audience along through the plot points.

"An Angel Named Billy" misses on almost all these counts. The story doesn't move quickly. The encounters are only comedic unintentionally (in their ineptness). Several plot points were totally unrealistic. I learned nothing about human nature from anything any character in this film said and I was consistently irritated by how poorly the ideas were presented. On top of that the acting was, below even the standard I've found in off-off-Broadway productions.

I'm a nut for completeness and I've tried to watch every gay film that I come across. Yet, this is the first film that I gave up on before the opening credits were finished.

Today, resolving to give it another chance, I sat through it in its entirety hoping against hope that it would improve... or at least end.

Finally I rated it a 2 because it did have some characters and situations that I WOULD have cared about had they been in a better movie.

An afternote: What really irks me most about this film is that there were characters and situations here that could have made for one of my all time romantic favorites. Unfortunately that's all wasted by the inane script and inept film-making.

What irks me second most is that the only other review of this film on IMDb gives it 10 stars and that my first review was flagged & deleted. This one has been rewritten and I'd like to know what, if anything, was objectionable about my first review other than that I told the truth about a movie that I personally disliked.
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10/10
An Experience Like No Other
maper25 October 2008
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What can I say. I can't tell you how this movie has changed my life. Really, I can't. From the moment the first light hit the screen I knew I was in for a special evening. My boyfriend and I watched every frame of the film and all of the special bonuses that this DVD offered. And there were allot. Apart from the standout performances, especially from Hank Fields, whose deleted scene where he cries along with his stroke victim father woke in me an emotion I have hardly had since and may never have again. But most intriguing was having the honor of peaking under the curtain to see/hear/feel and be touched by the Wizard himself: director/producer/executive producer/writer/original concept/additional script changes/distributor/location and production car provider, Greg Osborne. This man, ney, hyphenate, who not only had the vision but the talent todeliver this level of quality is homage to the fact that anyone with enough desire and strong enough dream can make it all happen. This cinematic experience will stay with me for many years to come. It's amazing that this piece of work was realized in only 4 years. The attention to every detail is so obvious that we actually accept Billy's mom taking him out on a shopping spree before remembering to casually mention that his estranged father died in a tragic car accident as she serves her son his favorite: milk and cookies, which she happens to have brought with her to the hotel room, as any good mother would. Having abandoned her kids to the capable care of their abusively alcoholic over-religious father, she has no reason to feel remorse at her actions. And, like the angel that he is, Billy seems to feel no rancor at her careless behavior. She does admit that her only love is Billy, forgetting her younger son completely in the process. The aunt is taking care of him while she shops with Billy. This touch you in areas you never thought a movie could! I have read the other reviews and I didn't find the creepy scenes creepy at all. The portrayal of Stroke Dad simply stopped me in mmy tracks, not to mention the transgendered gentelman's delicate portrayal of a woman trapped in a man's body in love with an ambiguously gay stroke victim father, unable to consummate their obvious love for each other due to his stroke and all. I only wish Stroke Dad would have lived long enough to see the end of this movie, where James and Billy get married. In a surprise turn-around Guy moves to Billy's home town and finds love in Billy's best friend, the fellow who started it all. When people find a true connection, even in one day, they give each other gifts and profess their love for each other. It was obvious that pre-pubescent Billy could take care of a severely ill man, even after only one day in Los Angeles, and without any references. James was so excited after their brief initial phone conversation that he was moved to clean the house and make it spotless for the hired help to be impressed. It only proves that having a big heart can make moving to Los Angeles a pleasant and rewarding experience, even at 17. But be warned: the real heartbreak comes from the pivotal scene where poor Billy admits to the unspeakable cruelty displayed by the off-handed comments of relative strangers calling him a "cute young nurse" this was beyond the pale and tore my heart in two. It speaks honestly of the cruelty of youth. Thank GOD that James was there to provide a helping shoulder and a tender, (not creepy at all you cynics!), kiss. I just knew that when he offered margaritas to this minor, that they had a special connection and that no federal law could keep them apart. I applaud this film's refusal to adhere to a purely logical approach to film-making and instead embracing a more ephemeral style, eschuing film convention completely, forgetting about predictable continuity, doing away with the usual editing tricks of pacing, timing, appropriate scene selection or believable performances, and sticking to style over substance. DO NOT MISS THE FILM!
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