Harry and Max Reviews
June 11, 2009
This was a random watch for me, and it ended up being about gay incest (!) However, it's forgettable.... in fact, I can't remember anything about it other than the brothers taking a road trip, and I don't remember any steamy scenes. So... what I can say from it is: This gay-themed road movie is gay. I'm anticipating the upcoming Brazilian film From Beginning to End (Do Começo ao Fim) by Aluisio Abranches. The trailer makes it out to be everything that this movie wasn't.
February 22, 2009
This is not the best movie nor is it the worst. A touchy subject looked at but not explained or judged. Sort of abrupt ending - like they spent their time with the exposition and had to rush to wind it up. See it before you buy it.
December 2, 2009
I feel like this movie was trying too hard to ride on shock value and controversy. Which is a shame because the subject matter does not crop up often, and in cinema, tough subject matter often inspires good directing and writing.
Not so with Harry and Max. With utterly average direction, and dialogue writing so false it's laughable, Harry and Max is a desperate parody of a teen romance/drama trying anxiously to tease some meaning out of what is ultimately a story lacking in any real substance.
The use of writing on the screen to deal with issues such as the move to New York, or the fact that the camping trip moved from tent to back of car rather than incorporating it into dialogue (I mean: "The next morning (It got cold at night)"? Really?) just was a bad decision. Pure and simple.
Not content with not knowing when to use dialogue, the writer also misused it whenever he could. The characters were flat and uninteresting, the supporting characters might as well have not even been there. The treatment of the subject matter was insensitive to gays, insensitive to victims of incest, and more importantly, it was boring.
The film was not simply bad, it was pedestrian. The lead actors did their best with a bad film, but I can't help but wonder what it could have been if instead of tripping over itself trying to decide what it actually felt about incest and pedophilia (I seriously couldn't tell), it just dropped the brothers angle and the yoga instructor subplot altogether and told a story about teen idols, gay romance, and ultimately why liking someone isn't good enough, they have to be good for you too.
If you want a decent LGBT themed film, this is not it. Harry and Max's failures are compounded by tantalising glimpses at what this film could have been in the hands of a talented director and writing team.
All in all, despite casting good-looking, talented leads, nothing could save this utter trainwreck of a film.
August 6, 2005
Harry and Max (2004) - "How'd this whole thing turn out so stressful anyway?" - Harry
Harry and Max is a love quadrangle between Harry, a 23-year old boy band member who's career is nearing the end; his morose ex-girlfriend Nikki; his closeted, gay, 16-year old brother Max (who's teen idol career is just getting off the ground); and Max's 40-ish former pedophile Yoga teacher.
Despite the intriguing subplot of boy band brothers and their money-grubbing parents (e.g. Aaron and Nick Carter), incest and perversion are the dominant themes in this story. All things considered, there's enough raw fuel in this film to raze a medium sized city to the ground, but Christopher Munch's screenplay burns like a sputtering pilot light. Where is the anger, the violence, the dead body? This 75-minute film feels like a Cliff Notes version of season long soap opera whose cast is kept constantly sedated with high doses of Prozac.
Too bad. This one could have been a wild ride.
July 14, 2005
WHAT A TRULY STRANGE FILM. IT IS CLEARLY LOW BUDGET, ALSO SLOW MOVING THROUGH MOST OF THE FILM, A BIT TOO TALKY. THE ACTING BY MOST IS FAIR, BY SOME DOWNRIGHT POOR. IT BRINGS UP A CONTROVERSIAL SUBJECT (GAY INCEST) AND DOES NOTHING WITH IT. JUST STRANGE.
March 13, 2005
[b]Grade: 7/10 (B-)[/b]