Dream Boy Reviews
'Dream Boy' was a trip down my own line of reminiscences, sexually and otherwise. Overall, not a bad film, especially if you were a teenager in the '70s.
Nathan quickly falls for the boy next door Roy (Max Roeg) who also happens to be the driver of the school bus. In an intimate moment over a school assignment, the two teens admit their feelings for each other and begin a hidden relationship. It seems that this relationship is suspected by Nathan's father and also Roy's friend Burk.
The story line of the movie is average, but due to the awfulness and awkwardness of the two star's acting, the film comes across as cheap and unprofessional.
There were also times in the film when I was quite confused about what was happening, ie the ending (spoiler alert) was Nathan dead or not, why did Nathan's dad leave his body there when he saw it, why did no one notice Burke drag Nathan's body upstairs and rape him?)
The twist at the end, that Nathan had been molested by his father as a child, is similar to the exploration of the effects of child abuse seen in "Mysterious Skin," which would have been a powerful moment if it hadn't been followed by such a ridiculous ending! All in all I have seen much better gay-themed coming-of-age themed films and I won't be watching this one again anytime soon!
I was surprised by this cute little movie. "Dream Boy" demonstrates how even the smallest movie can deliver a powerful, touching story. This one didn't move much from the starting point, but it delivers a very strong message, and it does that in a very beautiful way. I found the ending a little confusing, but in line with the rest of the movie. Many things are left unsaid and unexplained, but in this case I liked that. "Dream Boy" is a very peculiar, forgotten gem. Don't loose it.