(2006, 90 min)
Director: Q. Allan Brocka
Studio: TLA Releasing
Q. Allan Brocka (Eating Out) is back with this superb film, adapted from
a much-loved novel by Matthew Rettenmund, about three roommates, hustling and the
Director/co-writer Q. Allan Brocka has created a gorgeously textured film that not
only explores the recesses of the human heart, but is charged with sex and filled
Adapted from the outstanding novel by Matthew Rettenmund, Boy Culture is the
story of X (Derek Magyar), a high-end prostitute, and his two roommates Andrew
(Darryl Stephens) and Joey (Jonathan Trent), who together have created a family for
the 21st century. X is the head of the household who brings home the bacon and sets
the tone. He has a serious crush on Andrew, who works at a video store and is
waiting for the right man...and in Andrew’s opinion, a hustler is just not the
Joey is a 17-year-old whirlwind of trouble, but there’s really only one man he
wants: X. The sexual tension between these three men is palpable. X is not your
typical hustler; he has only 12 clients and concentrates on making these men happy.
When one dies, there’s room for a new client and he chooses Gregory (Patrick
Bauchau), a rich, lonely man who hasn’t left his home in eight years.
If, as it is said, the key to making a film work is in the casting, Brocka and his
producers deserve kudos for their choices. The four leads are all superb, and
extraordinarily natural in their roles. Opening your heart to another person is a
risky business, one beautifully told in Boy Culture.
-- Scott Cranin