Dorian Blues (2004)
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A young man comes to terms with growing up gay in this independent comedy drama. Dorian (Michael McMillian) is a 17-year-old guy living with his family in Upstate New York. Dorian is obviously the second-rate sibling in his household; his older brother Nicky (Lea Coco) is a hotshot athlete who gets the lion's share of attention from their father Tom (Steven Charles Fletcher), while their mother Maria (Mo Quigley) seems too zoned out to pay much mind to anyone. The fact that Dorian is an awkward
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[Writer-director] Bardwell offers a cheerful, if sometimes strenuously earnest, take on a subject that seems overdue for a lighthearted touch.
Dorian Blues makes me yearn for the day that audiences have become so comfortable enough with this subgenre that a clever director can make a spoof in which many if not all of the conventions get lampooned.
While Bardwell's screenplay wobbles somewhat in tone, it displays enough wit and charm to compensate for its lack of polish.
The linchpin relationship is the underlying deep bond between the two brothers, and the scenes between McMillian and Coco are well written and equally well played.
A palpably heartfelt final scene between Dorian and his mom ends the tale on a powerful note.
It's a sweet and likable movie, if not an expert one, and a respectable entry in the genre.
McMillian and the big Coco are excellent, and Fletcher makes something scarily comical of dad's hardball glares and proudly Nixonian grievances.
Dorian Blues has wit, humor, good performances, and clever technique that catapults the film into the front ranks of coming-out movies.
May not break new ground, but thanks to some sharp writing and ingratiating performances, it farms the old fields quite productively.
The movie is occasionally funny and it has charm, mostly thanks to Michael McMillian. It's not exactly original, but it is borderline entertaining.
Cute, clean and snappy.
The amateurish, too-bright cinematography merely adds to the synthetic quality of everything transpiring onscreen.
Some of the humor feels pretty staged, but Dorian isn't without its charms.
Ultimately has little insight into the experience it chronicles. News flash: growing up gay is rough. Who did not know this already?
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