Boys Life 2 (1997)




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Like its predecessor Boys Life, Boys Life 2 compiles several short films that deal with gay issues both seriously and comically. "Must Be the Music" follows four teenagers, three of whom are gay, as they spend a night looking for something to do in Los Angeles and end up at a dance club. "Nunzio's Second Cousin" stars Vincent D'Onofrio as Sgt. Tony Randozzy, a gay Chicago police detective who enacts a very special revenge on Jimmy (Miles Perlich), a young man he picks up on a gay-bashing charge: at gunpoint, he forces Jimmy to have dinner with him and his mother (Eileen Brennan) as his date for the evening. "Alkali, Iowa" concerns Jack (J.D. Cerna), a gay teenager coming of age in a farming community. Growing up with a dead war-hero father, a mother (Mary Beth Hurt) who is emotionally distant, and as the only openly gay man in the community, Jack isn't sure how to feel about his sexuality, until he finds a stack of beefcake magazines that belonged to his dad. And "Trevor" (which won a 1995 Oscar for Best Short Subject) tells the tale of Trevor (Brett Barsky), a stocky and uncoordinated young gay man with two obsessions: the music of Diana Ross and Pinky (Jonah Rooney), a good-looking boy in his class.
Comedy , Drama , Gay & Lesbian
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Milo Ventimiglia
as Jason [Must Be the Music]
Vincent D'Onofrio
as Tony Randozza
Eileen Brennan
as Mrs. Randozzo [Nunzio's Second Cousin]
Stephen Tobolowsky
as Father Joe [Trevor]
Seth Green
as Homophobe 3 [Nunzio's Second Cousin]
Mary Beth Hurt
as June [Alkali, Iowa]
Brett Barsky
as Trevor [Trevor]
Judy Kain
as Trevor's Mom [Trevor]
John Lizzi
as Trevor's Dad [Trevor]
Jonah Rooney
as Pinky Farraday [Trevor]
Michael Saucedo
as Eric [Must Be the Music]
Josh Schaefer
as Homophobe 5 [Nunzio's Second Cousin]
Justin Urich
as Kevin [Must Be the Music]
Peter Maloney
as Senior [The DadShuttle]
Matt McGrath
as Junior [The DadShuttle]
J.D. Cerna
as Jack Gudmanson [Alkali, Iowa]
Kent Broadhurst
as Roger ("Blondie") [Alkali, Iowa]
Eddie Mui
as Gregg [Must Be the Music]
Travis Sher
as Dave [Must Be the Music]
Jason Adelman
as Michael [Must Be the Music]
Ellen Hamilton Latzen
as Carol [Alkali, Iowa]
Jarred Blanchard
as Homophobe 4 [Nunzio's Second Cousin]
David Fresco
as Mr. P [Nunzio's Second Cousin]
Miles Perlich
as Jimmy [Nunzio's Second Cousin]
Allen Doraine
as Walter Stiltman [Trevor]
Ed Seamon
as Bill [Alkali, Iowa]
Greg Villepique
as Jacko [Alkali, Iowa]
Harry Walters Jr.
as Tony's Date
Chris Fuentes
as D.J. [Must Be the Music]
Gabriel Fuller
as Kissing Boy #1 [Must Be the Music]
David Ko
as Michael's Friend [Must Be the Music]
Christian Meali
as Homophobe 2 [Nunzio's Second Cousin]
Germane Montel
as Eric's Friend/Lead Dancer [Must Be the Music]
Grant Swanson
as Matt [Must Be the Music]
Ryan Vernotico
as Kissing Boy #2 [Must Be the Music]
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Critic Reviews for Boys Life 2

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

Strand's anthology of four gay short films is terrifically entertaining, and while each is interesting, the best is no doubt is Alkalai by Christopher, who shows great promise as feature director.

Full Review… | June 11, 2005
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June 29, 2005
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)

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February 24, 2003
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Men on Film

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Austin Chronicle

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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
San Francisco Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Boys Life 2


Boys Life 2 (1998): "Scandalous! Scandalous!" - Kevin A follow-up to Boys Life (release date unknown), Boys Life 2 has another four short films about love, lust and liberation: (1) Armed with fake IDs, four friends head for an 18+ club for a night of mid-90's urban teen homo-sillyness, (2) fag bashers accidentally pick on a gay cop out on a date, (3) an Iowa gay boy discovers his dead father's secret, and (4) a chat between a father and his gay son. I was reasonably impressed with this collection - "Nuzio's Second Cousin" was emotionally horrifying, but immensely satisfying. The other three were neat stories about gay life, important little stories that remind me just how interesting my life is, and how interesting it has been.

Rich Brown
Rich Brown

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