Critic Consensus: Gerontophilia's handful of intriguing ideas are let down by tame execution and unconvincing acting that make the movie's premise feel creepy rather than original.
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Critic Reviews for Gerontophilia
Mr. Borden, an acclaimed Canadian stage actor and playwright, turns in a slyly entertaining performance. But the relationship between Lake and Melvyn feels a bit more one-sided than perhaps was intended.
There are the makings of a poignant Harold and Maude-style drama here, but the movie is so amateurish and eager to be shocking, it just winds up feeling creepy.
Katie Boland is ... a force of nature as Lake's feminist ex - who gets off on reciting the names of her favorite female revolutionaries. But neither she nor Borden can mitigate this film's ultimately creepy premise.
LaBruce ... [is] angling either for tragedy or an arch jab at the coldness of sexual conquest. I only wish he had let his conceit ripen long enough for us to tell.
Better camerawork and a lower gross-out factor than usual seem to have taken the oomph out of bad boy Bruce LaBruce, whose Gerontophilia sports a great title and a funny opening before going all limp.
Audience Reviews for Gerontophilia
Always audacious and amateurish, provocateur Bruce La Bruce gets cookie points for his intriguing (and very timely) choice of themes but it is tough to swallow all the cross-generational provocations found here when what is meant to be a very unconventional story ends up feeling just like your everyday rom com. The performances are excruciatingly bad with actors obviously being cast on looks. Still, for all of its imperfections, it is one of the director's less explicit films and certainly the one that benefited from his highest budget to date. Do not watch it with your grandparents but force it on twinks that are already lining up for their Botox. Love is blind, my dears!
I've seen a lot of weird movies on Netflix and this is the weirdest one of them all. I've always liked talking to old men myself because I thought I could learn something from listening to their experiences. It was an odd movie.
While this movie is a bit creepy I liked that it took a chance to explore the aging body and human sexual desire for older skin. While we all need to be loved and touched seeing a handsome young man kiss an aged black man in a nursing home put me off a bit. Then I thought, God be good to me and allow love one more time for this aging body of mine.
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