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Eban and Charley (2000)

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Average Rating: 4.3/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 3

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James Bolton directs this spare, sensitive depiction of an uncomfortable subject -- man-boy love. Gawky and awkward late twenty-something Eban (Brent Fellows) returns suddenly to his Washington state hometown after a stint as a Seattle soccer coach. He is vague about his reasons for leaving while his parents seem to have adopted a "don't ask, don't tell" policy towards their son. While slacking about town, he happens upon lanky, teenaged skatepunk Charley (Giovanni Andrade) and aggressively

Jul 9, 2002

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Preachy and humorless, Eban and Charley shocks only by the quality of its numbing solipsism.

January 11, 2002 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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There's not enough judgment being rendered by the filmmaker, who seems happy enough to portray his movie's relationship sympathetically because, after all, these things happen.

January 11, 2002 Full Review Source: Newsday
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Might best be described as preaching to a sparse congregation, or else Mr. Bolton is simply out to bore people into submission.

January 11, 2002 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Bolton could easily have exploited the film's unsettling issues, but he takes a nonsensationalized approach that leaves viewers to decide the moral questions for themselves.

January 11, 2002
New York Post
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Few people will be able to go along with Bolton's point of view regarding relationships between adults and underage youths, but there's no denying the writer-director, in his feature debut, has avoided sensationalism in telling this story.

January 11, 2002 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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May be the most boring film about forbidden love ever made.

February 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

Andrade has a tremulous, faun-like quality which rings true, and Fellows succeeds in making you eventually sympathize with Eban's tortured soul.

January 11, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

[Bolton] undermines his own carefully balanced presentation of the situation by making 29-year-old Eban (Brent Fellows) so creepy.

January 11, 2002 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Few things are quite as frustrating as a film that chooses a highly controversial subject then proceeds to give it the kid-glove treatment.

January 11, 2002
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