Poster Boy

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A conservative politician who believes he can count on his family for support discovers his son is not the man he thought he was in this drama. Jack Kray (Michael Lerner) is a United States senator from the South whose right-wing views have earned him the nickname "the Nazi from North Carolina." Jack is running for reelection and is looking for support wherever he can get it; told he needs to increase his appeal with younger voters, Jack tries to persuade his son Henry (Matt Newton), a college student, to make a few campaign stops with him. While Jack's wife (and Henry's mom), Eunice (Karen Allen), tries to convince her husband this isn't a good idea, Jack refuses to take no for an answer from Henry. But there's something Jack doesn't know about his son -- Henry is gay, and while he only shares this secret with a small handful of trusted friends and lovers, he can't bring himself to support his father's anti-gay "family values" platform. However, Henry's sexual preference may not stay a secret for long -- Henry has hooked up with Anthony (Jack Noseworthy), a student political activist who wants a long-term relationship with Henry and refuses to play coy about it, while some of Henry's other partners have come forward about his homosexuality. Poster Boy was originally announced as a project for director Herbert Ross, who died before the film went into production; Douglas Keeve took over as director, but resigned before shooting was completed, so editor Zac Tucker completed the movie and received sole screen credit.

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  • While the movie's discussion points certainly rank on par with those political thrillers, there's not enough substance for the movie to succeed on its own merits, a point underscored by posters selling the movie on Newton's perfectly airbrushed chest.

    Sep 15, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • A polemic masquerading as a movie, Poster Boy unspools like a humorless lecture on right-wing homophobia.

    Aug 28, 2006 | Rating: 2/5
  • Although audiences will admire the film's do-it-yourself energy and commitment, Poster Boy finally collapses of its own contrived weight, deflating just when it should soar into madcap -- or at least thoughtful -- satire.

    Aug 25, 2006 | Full Review…
  • An overwrought story of American politics and image-making that really only gets interesting in the final act.

    Aug 25, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Some clunky writing and a distracting subplot limit the effectiveness of this ambitious low-budget indie.

    Aug 18, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Poster Boy is a muddled coming-out movie that, for no good reason, unfolds flashback style as Henry tells his story to a sleazy newspaper reporter.

    Aug 18, 2006 | Rating: 1/4

Audience Reviews for Poster Boy

  • May 03, 2015
    Sadly, the poster is the best thing about this movie. Low quality film, awful lighting, unappealing characters and almost nonexistent sound editing make this film hard to watch. The film thinks it's more profound than it is and comes off like the brainiac you knew in junior high lecturing you for 90-plus minutes on his thoughts about unremarkable topics.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 02, 2013
    The camera work made me wanna shoot myself.. Average acting for a low budget film and average plot. But they could have spent a bit more money on hiring a proper camera man and that would have improve the film significantly. Not recommended to view unless you can withstand the experience of Blair Witch Project (Even Blair Witch Project has better camera work than this)
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Feb 15, 2011
    This movie tries too hard to be "artsy" and the story gets lost in that process. It is really good compared to most gay movies. Several characters are just almost unbearable!
    Thomas J Super Reviewer
  • Jan 06, 2008
    The concept sounded interesting but the plot and acting were so bad, I had to turn this boring movie off after about 40 minutes.
    Ida K Super Reviewer

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