© 2007 by C.E. Murphy. All Rights Reserved.

Q. Allan Brocka's follow-up to his debut,
EATING OUT, marks a great advance for
the moviemaker. Whether it is because
he's adapting a novel or working with a
collaborator (Philip Pierce, who also
produced), his sophomore feature,
BOY CULTURE, after festival screenings
hits theaters and turns out to be a
pleasant surprise.

The film is framed as a narrative confession
by an unnamed, 25-year-old veteran street
hustler who calls himself X (newcomer
Derek Magyar). He's a bundle of
contradictions. Despite his "profession,"
he has standards, refusing to sleep with
a client until the desire is a mutual one.

X also maintains a small list of johns --
12 in all that he jokingly refers to
as his "Disciples." When one commits
suicide, there's an opening for someone
new and X encounters Gregory (Patrick
Bauchau). Gregory appears to be lonely
and only wants to talk, so the pair spend
their time (for which X is well payed),
exploring life histories before taking their
relationship to a new level.

X lives with two other men -- the quiet
Andrew (Darryl Stephens) and 17-year
old Joey (Jonathon Trent) whose
is partying, drugs and sex (not
neccessarily in that order). The trio have
formed a dysfunctional family unit. X
harbors a major crush on Andrew but
rebuffs him when Andrew makes it clear
that he has issues with X's "job" as well
as a desire for a more casual relationship.
Fueling the tension in the home is Joey's
desire for X and his escalating clubbing.

The film has several nice twists, including a
road trip to Andrew's home for a wedding,
and a surprise involving Gregory. Under
Brocka's strong and assured direction, the
performers deliver fine performances,
particularly Bauchau, Magyar in his feature
acting debut, Trent as the lovable club kid,
and Stephens who perhaps has the most
difficult role in the film.

BOY CULTURE is a well-made, engrossing
and well acted comedy-drama. X can easily
reside alongside Jon Voight's Joe Buck in
MIDNIGHT COWBOY as one of the screen's
more memorable hustlers.

    Rating:             B+
    Running time:   88 mins.
Joey and Derek Magyar as X in

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