A nice and very funny indie comedy, starring a fantastic young actor from Ireland by the name of Donal Gallery. He's the star of the film, carrying the movie with his sharp wit and wonderful humor. TIm Hutton in particular is almost unrecognizable as Bill the Breaker, but he's hard to understand as he mumbles almost all of his lines. Still, it seems he had a lot of fun doing the role. The acting is sharp all around, but Donal is the star as the dour 16 year old James.
It's funny and a bit sad - which might seem a bit incongruous at times, but it really works. The dialogue is clever and it really reflects Ireland in the 1970s - surprising that the script was written and directed by two Americans - it's spot-on. If any of you have Irish roots or family in Ireland, you're sure to recognize some of the characters.
The porn magazine angle is really incidental in some ways - the boys are pretty innocent and it isn't what drives the movie. James and his brother are more naive than anything else.
I didn't love the ending which doesn't fit as well as the rest of the script - but overall it ends on a wistful note, finishing up a bittersweet and thoughtful portrayal of a teenager with misguided dreams. A great debut -- for Donal Gallery, and a fresh take on a genre for two talented new directors.