House Of Boys (2011)
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Critic Reviews for House Of Boys
Against the odds, the indulgent mash-up of sex, old-fashioned corn, romance-novel fantasy and AIDS tragedy is a mostly winning combo.
A gay tragedy in three acts and more than a dozen excellent songs, "House of Boys" conveys an emotional honesty that overrides its dated style.
For all its hanging on the details of the boys' heavily eroticized performances and its graphing of the relationships between the young performers, the film is at once too drawn out and underdeveloped.
The message is everything in this film that one wants to recommend to the young and uneducated in a forgetful age, despite its lack of originality and its dramatic lapses.
Audience Reviews for House Of Boys
A child of the 80s, this movie took me back to a time of first love and a promise to myself to die of anything other than AIDS. My favorite line in the movie is Frank looking down at a pocket watch and tells the doctor treating his dying boyfriend "I was just thinking about time. it's funny, when you have it,you don't need it. when you need it you don't have it."
Coming of age drama, sex comedy, AIDS melodrama, musical, love story. This film is a mixed bag to say the least. Its confused identity is likely its failure. Certain aspects of it are great fun and the tragic turn is almost poignant. It just seems too dragged out and yet the story is rather underdeveloped. It's a pleasing cast of characters and an interesting premise. The minor characters are far more interesting than Frank & Jake though, which is where we are left to steep in at the end, topped off with a very pointless epilogue. Fun musical numbers and an entertaining supporting cast make this mildly recommendable. The last reel is a bit of a downer though.
Wildly ambitious, HOUSE OF BOYS, bites off a bit more than it can chew but still displays an authority lacking in most films. Structured in 3 parts, the first 2 sections work beautifully, documenting the life of a young gay runaway and his entre into the HOUSE. The musical numbers in the second section are witty, sophisticated, and sexy. HOUSE puts larger budgeted films to shame with what achieves with so little. Talent is the key not money and HOUSE has it in spades. The last more serious 3rd section, focuses on the beginning of the AIDS crisis and thought it is blunt and honest, this last section feels a bit empty and stretched out. As if the filmmakers have nothing more to say than, look how horrible this is. To make up for this, there are sudden leaps that make no sense and undermine the severity of the work, but these quips still cannot diminish the impact of this overall wonderful and ambitious film.
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