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Dream Boy (2008)

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In this independent coming-of-age story, Nathan (Stephan Bender) is a shy and awkward teenager who has moved to a small town in Louisiana with his father, Harland (Thomas Jay Ryan), and mother, Vivian (Diana Scarwid). Nathan is attracted to other boys, but he's had a hard time coming to terms with his sexuality after years of being sexually abused by his father. Living next door to Nathan is Roy (Max Roeg), who attends the same high school and makes pocket money driving the school bus. Nathan is infatuated with Roy, and one day while they're doing homework together he discovers Roy is also interested in him. Nathan and Roy become lovers, though Roy notices that Nathan seems more familiar with gay sex than his experience would lead him to expect. Roy and two friends from school go camping one weekend, and he invites Nathan to join them; Roy's friends don't know he's gay and aren't especially open-minded, and after spending several hours swapping stories of ghosts and grisly folk tales, they begin to wonder why Roy and Nathan insist on sharing a tent. However, everyone is in for a surprise when the furtive lovers are confronted. Featuring musician Rickie Lee Jones in a supporting role, Dream Boy features an original score from acclaimed singer-songwriter Richard Buckner.

Cast

Stephan Bender
as Nathan Davies
Thomas Jay Ryan
as Harland Davies
Diana Scarwid
as Vivian Davies
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This movie could have used a lot more dialog and a lot less dead air. Having said that, I thought Max Roeg was easy to watch; he has a very nonchalant ease about him. One thing they nailed was the sense of being in the 1970s. I grew up in the '70s and this film made me think of one or two hotties that Max reminded me of...the hair, the creamy white skin, the jeans, the laconic attitudes. Those were simpler times, less hectic, less frenetic, less...can be more, I suppose. 'Dream Boy' was a trip down my own line of reminiscences, sexually and otherwise. Overall, not a bad film, especially if you were a teenager in the '70s.

Jim Chatman
Jim Chatman

I wanted to like this but for me it was slow moving, predictable and topped off with a very unsatifying ending.

D G
D G
½

Cliche but earnest story of a teenage boy in the rural south who moves into a new town and falls in love with another boy. A sweet, well intentioned and well put together, but ultimately reductive film that is drowned by its own lazy storytelling.

Matthew Lucas
Matthew Lucas

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