Boys State

2020

Boys State

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Boys State is a political coming-of-age story, examining the health of American democracy through an unusual experiment: a thousand 17-year-old boys from across Texas gather together to build a representative government from the ground up. High-minded ideals collide with low-down dirty tricks as four boys of diverse backgrounds and political views navigate the challenges of organizing political parties, shaping consensus, and campaigning for the highest office at Texas Boys State--governor.

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  • Boys State constantly and vividly shows the blurred lines of decorum that come with age and power, and that's certainly the case when masculinity takes the forefront.

    February 5, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Ultimately, "Boys State" works because the "characters" are so compelling.

    February 2, 2020 | Full Review…

    Peter Debruge

    Variety
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  • What's striking beyond the relevant subject matter is how McBaine and Moss film the raucous events - rallies, conventions, elections, a talent show - so cinematically.

    January 27, 2020 | Full Review…
  • "Boys State" diagnoses the essence of that divide by showing the extent that political biases inform the status quo, and how that can lead to campaign strategies devoid of any agenda aside from maintaining power.

    January 25, 2020 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Eric Kohn

    indieWire
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  • In their need to squeeze this strange experience into a familiar doc template, McBaine and Moss mostly leave those guys stranded. Here's hoping that, while nobody paid attention, a few of them sat in a quiet corner somewhere and reinvented democracy.

    January 25, 2020 | Full Review…
  • I found the film challenging in that it shows young men growing up to be just like some of those who hold office currently. But it showed signs of character and courage in some of the boys, which offers hope for our contentious public square.

    May 27, 2020 | Full Review…

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