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Poster Boy (2004)

R | | Drama | 8 May 2004 (USA)
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With the help of a hot, slightly older new acquaintence (Noseworthy), the closeted son (Newton) of a conservative U.S. Senator (Lerner) puts a shocking spin on his dad's re-election campaign.

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Zak Tucker
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Noseworthy ... Anthony
Valerie Geffner Valerie Geffner ... Izzy
Matt Newton ... Henry Kray
Austin Lysy ... Parker
Tighe Swanson Tighe Swanson ... Sam
Lorri Bagley ... Dierdre
Neal Huff ... Marcus
Ian Reed Kesler ... Skip Franklin (as Ian Kessler)
Ebon Moss-Bachrach ... Charlie
Karen Allen ... Eunice Kray
Michael Lerner ... Jack Kray
Anna Thomson Anna Thomson ... Emma
Spiro Malas Spiro Malas ... Mr Phoenix
Kristen Schaal ... Bookstore Lady #14
Tibor Feldman ... Therapist
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Storyline

With the help of a hot, slightly older new acquaintence (Noseworthy), the closeted son (Newton) of a conservative U.S. Senator (Lerner) puts a shocking spin on his dad's re-election campaign.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content/nudity | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Exposed See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,806, 13 August 2006

Gross USA:

$62,062

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$62,062
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Company Credits

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Shallow Pictures LLC See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

After the Kray family meeting at the Waldorf near the film's beginning, Jack Kray emerges onto the street, and into an angry gay rights protest, with dark hair which he doesn't sport in any other scene. It's unexplained, and not a flashback because Anthony climbs onto his car as part of the protest. See more »

Quotes

Jack Brauer: Goddamn editors, think they run the newspaper.
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Connections

References 2003 MTV Video Music Awards (2003) See more »

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Unfairly Maligned
15 July 2011 | by slbbooksmusicfilmSee all my reviews

This film seems to have come in for much criticism from the reviews on here, so I'm hoping to redress the balance here. As a film, it's OK, but compared to other gay indie films from America it sits near the top of the pile. The acting is generally good, the directing is competent. The script seems a little outdated for 2004, but I remember reading somewhere that there had been delays to the making of the film and so i wouldn't be surprised if the script was actually written in the late 1990s.

What makes this particularly interesting is that it is a far cry from other gay films out there. It isn't a love story, it doesn't try to woo in the punters by having stunningly handsome men who go full frontal or through strong sex scenes. That isn't what this is about. It has a message, though, and some of the scenes are a little clunky (especially the linking sections with the journalist), but that's a small price to pay for a good solid story that is well told.

The two young actors play the leads without making them into stereotypes and there isn't a screaming queen in sight. Thankfully. What makes the two protagonists most appealing is that neither of them are perfect human beings. The senator's son is cocky and arrogant at times, and the boy he meets has his own faults. The supporting cast is also very good, with some nicely drawn characters.

For a low budget gay effort, this is really good stuff.


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