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Gerontophilia's handful of intriguing ideas are let down by tame execution and unconvincing acting that make the movie's premise feel creepy rather than original.



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In this wry "reverse Lolita" tale, 18-year-old Lake discovers he has an unusual attraction for the elderly. Fate lands him a job at an assisted-living facility where he develops an intimate relationship with Mr. Peabody. Upon discovering that the clients are being over-medicated to make them more manageable, Lake weans Mr. Peabody off his medication and helps him escape, resulting in a road trip that deepens their bond. The always-provocative Bruce LaBruce returns with a delicately perverse romantic comedy that is both darkly humorous and emotionally heartfelt. (C) Strand

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  • This is a comedy that encourages viewers to be impulsive, and pointedly seek love and acceptance outside of "normal" social institutions, especially when it comes to family and romance.

    May 1, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Mr. Borden, an acclaimed Canadian stage actor and playwright, turns in a slyly entertaining performance. But the relationship between Lake and Melvyn feels a bit more one-sided than perhaps was intended.

    Apr 30, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Gerontophilia is rather reminiscent of a student film, and I don't mean that it has the fire of youth. It is restrained by a rank amateurism that borders on embarrassing.

    Apr 30, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • There are the makings of a poignant Harold and Maude-style drama here, but the movie is so amateurish and eager to be shocking, it just winds up feeling creepy.

    Apr 29, 2015 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • Katie Boland is ... a force of nature as Lake's feminist ex - who gets off on reciting the names of her favorite female revolutionaries. But neither she nor Borden can mitigate this film's ultimately creepy premise.

    Apr 28, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • LaBruce ... [is] angling either for tragedy or an arch jab at the coldness of sexual conquest. I only wish he had let his conceit ripen long enough for us to tell.

    Apr 28, 2015 | Full Review…

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The premise is interesting and could have been made into something really fascinating by a better filmmaker, but Bruce La Bruce directs it like a cheap student film: poorly made, predictable, plagued with bad acting and depressingly superficial in the way it tackles its subject.

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