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Gerontophilia (2015)



Critic Consensus: 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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Pier-Gabriel Lajoie
as Gabriel Lajoie-Lake
Walter Borden
as Mr. Peabody
Katie Boland
as Désirée
Yardly Kavanagh
as Nurse Baptiste
Brian D. Wright
as Mr. Guerrero
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All Critics (23) | Top Critics (11)

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…
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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.

April 30, 2015 | Full Review…
New York Times
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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.

April 29, 2015 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

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.

April 28, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
New York Daily News
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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.

April 28, 2015 | Full Review…
Village Voice
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Better camerawork and a lower gross-out factor than usual seem to have taken the oomph out of bad boy Bruce LaBruce, whose Gerontophilia sports a great title and a funny opening before going all limp.

April 27, 2015 | Full Review…
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