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Eban and Charley (2000)

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James Bolton directs this spare, sensitive depiction of an uncomfortable subject -- man-boy love. Gawky and awkward late twenty-something Eban (Brent Fellows) returns suddenly to his Washington state hometown after a stint as a Seattle soccer coach. He is vague about his reasons for leaving while his parents seem to have adopted a "don't ask, don't tell" policy towards their son. While slacking about town, he happens upon lanky, teenaged skatepunk Charley (Giovanni Andrade) and aggressively pursues a friendship with the lad, under the ruse of swapping guitar and sign language lessons. Forced to live with his ill-tempered, long-divorced father, Charley reveals himself to be a quick learner both at signing and at hand gestures of a different sort, yet he fails to grasp the consequences of his sticky encounters with a man almost twice his age. Later, as the fathers of both parties learn of their sons' entanglement, they also learn that Eban was forced to flee Seattle under threat of prosecution after having an affair with one of his charges. This film was screened at the 2000 San Francisco Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.

Cast

Pam Munter
as Eban's Mother
Ron Upton
as Eban's Father
Nolan V. Chard
as Charley's Father
Deanna Alexich
as Girlfriend
Greg McMickle
as Cab Driver
Jennifer Utley
as Record Store Clerk
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Critic Reviews for Eban and Charley

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (5)

Preachy and humorless, Eban and Charley shocks only by the quality of its numbing solipsism.

January 11, 2002 | Full Review…

There's not enough judgment being rendered by the filmmaker, who seems happy enough to portray his movie's relationship sympathetically because, after all, these things happen.

January 11, 2002

Might best be described as preaching to a sparse congregation, or else Mr. Bolton is simply out to bore people into submission.

January 11, 2002 | Rating: 1/5

Bolton could easily have exploited the film's unsettling issues, but he takes a nonsensationalized approach that leaves viewers to decide the moral questions for themselves.

January 11, 2002 | Rating: 3/4

Few people will be able to go along with Bolton's point of view regarding relationships between adults and underage youths, but there's no denying the writer-director, in his feature debut, has avoided sensationalism in telling this story.

January 11, 2002 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

May be the most boring film about forbidden love ever made.

February 15, 2002 | Full Review…

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