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Venus Boyz (2003)

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A film about people who create intermediate sexual identities. A legendary Drag King Night in New York is the point of departure for an odyssey to transgendered worlds, where women become men--some for a night, others for their whole lives. What motivates them. What changes take place? What do they dream of? The drag kings of New York meet in clubs and change lustfully into their male alter egos, parodying them and exploring male eroticism and power strategies. In London, we see women experiment with hormones to become new men and "cyborgs." Their transformation into masculinity is shown as both as a performance, and as a subversive means in creating an existential necessity.

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Unfortunately, Baur doesn't seem to have either a thesis or an editor as she lets each segment meander without purpose.

November 6, 2003
L.A. Weekly
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Illuminating.

November 6, 2003 | Rating: 3/5
Los Angeles Times
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It's not uninteresting, but so much footage is given over to earnest discussion of sexual politics that the overall effect is like sitting through a semester's worth of transgender studies.

August 21, 2003 | Rating: 1.5/4
New York Post
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[Baur] has clearly earned the trust and respect of her subjects, the first qualification for any responsible documentarist, and they have repaid her with an intimate glimpse into their singular lives.

August 21, 2003 | Rating: 3/5
New York Times
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Earnestly -- if not altogether adroitly -- examines masculinity as a performance, demonstrating that biology is not destiny.

August 19, 2003
Village Voice
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Filmmaker Gabriel Baur's doc is only about sex to the extent that you can't have sex without identifying yourself as something -- and how you identify yourself has a lot to do with how others treat you.

April 30, 2004 | Rating: 3/5
Orlando Weekly

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