American Boy: A Profile of: Steven Prince

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Martin Scorsese's American Boy: A Profile of Steven Prince is both a documentary and a tragicomedy, in which the personal experiences of one twentysomething Jewish gay man are rendered universal. Surrounded by friends in a cozy living room, the sensitive and humorous Prince (Taxi Driver's gun salesman, Handy Andy) recounts his personal history, from his run-in with a gorilla, to his relationship with his parents, his childhood bagel delivery business, his coming out, his addiction to drugs, his job as Neil Diamond's road manager, and his father's falling ill. One of Prince's most exciting tales, an account of his reviving a friend's overdosing girlfriend by injecting stimulant into her heart, was re-created almost to a tee by director Quentin Tarantino in Pulp Fiction. As wild and theatrical as the young man's accounts are, Scorsese intersperses them with childhood pictures of Prince that could be of any American, quickly reminding the entire audience of their common humanity.


Critic Reviews for American Boy: A Profile of: Steven Prince

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

  • There is a party atmosphere to the telling of these stories, as Mr. Prince holds forth in a smoke-filled room with a group of friends, Mr. Scorsese among them. But the film maker's conviviality takes on an element of regret.

    Sep 13, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • It's not just in the hot tub that Scorsese wishes to separate himself from this guy.

    Sep 13, 2007
  • It looks suspiciously like another demonstration of his awe of violence that makes some of Taxi Driver look immature.

    Sep 13, 2007 | Full Review…
  • American Boy is ultimately unable to overcome the biggest obstacle to its ongoing success - which is Prince himself...

    Sep 27, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • [Prince] seems to be one unexceptional rapaciously beady-eyed hanger-on.

    Dec 12, 2017 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • American Boy is certainly valuable as a glimpse into the life of the director, but it's also perfectly entertaining in and of itself.

    Sep 13, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for American Boy: A Profile of: Steven Prince

  • Dec 31, 2011
    An entertaining and exciting documentary of the dangerous pass of Steven Prince, friend of Scorsese, ex-manager of Neil Diamond and ex-addict. American Boy: A Profile of Steven Prince, is a rare piece of art, a cult work, that bring a little know character, but that inspire a lot of others filmmakers with him storys of his shocking life. Fresh.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 29, 2009
    A peculiar documentary featuring Steven Prince telling Martin Scorsese his often hilarious experiences, a series of stumbles with drugs and law. Recollections that include a Marihuana-Gorilla bit, Jack the Cop, a drug bust; the revival of a woman after an overdose, which was later taken by Quentin Tarantino for 'Pulp Fiction'; and another bit that was taken by Richard Linklater for 'Waking Life' Guaranteed entertainment.
    Pierluigi P Super Reviewer
  • Jul 10, 2007
    Scorsese films ex-addict-adventurer Steven Prince telling stories to his friends; Prince gets laughs, and hides how he is shaken up and amazed he survived...for what? for whatever comes next is the best answer he has
    Adam M Super Reviewer

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