Poster Boy

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A conservative senator (Michael Lerner) clashes with his gay son (Matt Newton) during his campaign for re-election.

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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.

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

    August 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.

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

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

    August 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.

    August 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
  • 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
  • Oct 20, 2007
    Not a well-made film. The concept was good and could have been developed a lot more. I felt like the characters were talking at each other, not to.
    Sarah P Super Reviewer

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