Poster Boy (2006)
Movie InfoThe closeted, college-aged son of a conservative right-wing senator known as "The Nazi from North Carolina" finds his conscience tested when his tyrannical father attempts to use him to get the young vote in a heated political drama from director Zac Tucker. Henry (Matt Newton) doesn't agree with his father's views, and he certainly hasn't revealed his true sexuality to the man known for his vehement, anti-homosexual views. But now the unsuspecting senator (Michael Lerner) is on the campaign trail, and in order to win the upcoming elections he'll need to secure the young vote. Now, as the senator attempts to persuade his hesitant son to help make that happen, Henry is simultaneously seduced by a staunch gay activist named Anthony (Jack Noseworthy), who is secretly planning on outing Henry in a clandestine bid to destroy the senator's blueblood reputation amongst red state voters. … More
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Critic Reviews for Poster Boy
While the movie's discussion points certainly rank on par with those political thrillers, there's not enough substance for the movie to succeed on its own merits, a point underscored by posters selling the movie on Newton's perfectly airbrushed chest.
A polemic masquerading as a movie, Poster Boy unspools like a humorless lecture on right-wing homophobia.
Although audiences will admire the film's do-it-yourself energy and commitment, Poster Boy finally collapses of its own contrived weight, deflating just when it should soar into madcap -- or at least thoughtful -- satire.
An overwrought story of American politics and image-making that really only gets interesting in the final act.
Some clunky writing and a distracting subplot limit the effectiveness of this ambitious low-budget indie.
Poster Boy is a muddled coming-out movie that, for no good reason, unfolds flashback style as Henry tells his story to a sleazy newspaper reporter.
We all sat around in college having the sort of angry liberal rap sessions that this film painstakingly recreates. We don't have to relive them now.
Offers an affirmation that conservatives are not ready to cast that proverbial first stone.
The people do not reduce to issues, but we know they will hit their issues marks reliably.
The film touches on a number of hot-button issues, including homophobia, the ethics of outing, and the intersection of public and private lives, but it suffers from an excess of subplots.
Screenwriters Ryan Shiraki and Lecia Rosenthal exploit red state/blue state tensions, scripting an act-up soap opera that unintelligently panders to pro-gay sentiment.
Aside from topicality and good intentions, the film is reasonably engaging and well acted. But it's also more than a little bit overwrought.
Audience Reviews for Poster Boy
This movie tries too hard to be "artsy" and the story gets lost in that process. It is really good compared to most gay movies. Several characters are just almost unbearable!More
It's accidentally I saw this movie... I just want to saw more movies about political, an one of my friends told me this movie was good.. But now I want to tell it to my friend : What an unworthy movie!!!More
The camera work made me wanna shoot myself.. Average acting for a low budget film and average plot. But they could have spent a bit more money on hiring a proper camera man and that would have improve the film significantly. Not recommended to view unless you can withstand the experience of Blair Witch Project (Even Blair Witch Project has better camera work than this)More
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