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The Conrad Boys (2006)




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The difficult bonds of family and the conflicting emotions of first love come together in this independent drama from writer and director Justin Lo. Charlie (Justin Lo) is a 19-year-old college student whose life is turned upside down when his mother dies. With his father absent for many years, Charlie now has to put his academic pursuits on hold while he looks after his nine-year-old brother, Ben (Boo Boo Stewart). While Charlie doesn't shirk his responsibilities, he feels as if he'd been forced to give up his freedom to follow his dreams, and becomes lonely and isolated from the world. This begins to change when Charlie meets Jordan Rivers (Nick Bartzen), a good-looking and like-minded stranger who is passing through town. As Charlie gets to know Jordan better, he finds himself falling in love for the first time, but their budding relationship causes a crisis when Doug (Barry Shay), Charlie and Ben's father, suddenly returns and insists on taking Ben with him. Will Charlie be forced to choose between his need to protect his brother and his love for Jordan? The Conrad Boys received its world premiere at the 2006 Newport Beach Film Festival.more
Rating: Unrated (adult situations/language, sex)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Justin Lo
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On DVD: Aug 15, 2006
Newport Films - Official Site


Justin Lo
as Charlie Conrad
Boo Boo Stewart
as Ben Conrad
Nick Bartzen
as Jordan Rivers
Barry Shay
as Doug Conrad
Nancy Hancock
as Tory Marshall
Katelyn Ann Clark
as Louise Denver
Dorian Frankel
as Evelyn Bridge
Lauren Xerxes
as Suzie Conrad
Bruce Blauer
as Vince Miller
Shane Arenal
as Andy Calhoun
Bart Shattuck
as Mark Poland
Connie Schiro
as Principal Brower
Wesley Stiller
as PJ's Boyfriend
Kristine Arnold
as Party Girl
Mack Don
as English Professor
Eduardo Ricketts Jr.
as Motel Manager
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Critic Reviews for The Conrad Boys

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

Blandly earnest drama of a young gay man trying to raise his little brother after they're orphaned plays like an After-School Special...

Full Review… | June 22, 2006
Top Critic

The Conrad Boys has moments that play well, but it remains to be seen whether Lo has what it takes to be a successful filmmaker.

Full Review… | June 6, 2006
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Churlish though it seems to throw daggers at this clearly heartfelt but insipid drama, the naiveté quickly becomes exasperating.

Full Review… | June 1, 2006
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

For a first feature, THE CONRAD BOYS is well-made andengrossing.

Full Review… | July 14, 2007
Murphy's Movie Reviews


Full Review… | August 22, 2006

Both very personal and very generic. Along with square camera setups and flat lighting, it has no going subtext except anxiety.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
San Diego Union-Tribune

Audience Reviews for The Conrad Boys

What a cheezy movie. The acting was pretty lame but tolerable. The love story was pretty blah but it had a few moments. You can tell this was written by someone way too young and unexperienced in writing. Overly sentimental and never fully explores any of it's plot points. The last half hour was a bit unbelievable and pointless.

Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer


It's such an earnest and well meaning film. However, I couldn't get past the poor acting. For a film to work, it can't be lacking in a major area such as this. It has some slow stretches as well. There was too much obvious symbolism, the score is too ordinary. Good effort, just didn't quite make it.

James Higgins

Eh, not bad but you could do better and certainly worse! The main character goes through a lot but in the end it doesnt really go anywhere. There isnt a real resolution to everything. Plus the hot guy leaves.


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