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Gerontophilia (2015)



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.

Movie Info

In this wry "reverse Lolita" tale, 18-year-old Lake discovers he has an unusual attraction for the elderly. Fate lands him a job at an assisted-living facility where he develops an intimate relationship with Mr. Peabody. Upon discovering that the clients are being over-medicated to make them more manageable, Lake weans Mr. Peabody off his medication and helps him escape, resulting in a road trip that deepens their bond. The always-provocative Bruce LaBruce returns with a delicately perverse romantic comedy that is both darkly humorous and emotionally heartfelt. (C) Strandmore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Bruce Labruce, Daniel Allen Cox
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 8, 2015
Box Office: $4.8k
Strand Releasing - Official Site


Pier-Gabriel Lajoie
as Gabriel Lajoie-Lake
Walter Borden
as Mr. Peabody
Katie Boland
as Désirée
Yardly Kavanagh
as Nurse Baptiste
Brian D. Wright
as Mr. Guerrero
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Critic Reviews for Gerontophilia

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (10)

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.

Full Review… | April 30, 2015
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 29, 2015
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 28, 2015
New York Daily News
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 28, 2015
Village Voice
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 27, 2015
Top Critic

This tonally uncertain romance is both surprisingly conventional and tame.

Full Review… | April 27, 2015
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

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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