Young, slight Justin Lo had the courage -- or the audacity -- to take on pretty much every job in the creation of The Conrad Boys. He made himself the writer, director, producer, editor, and star, with varying degrees of success. It was definitely a bad call to put himself in front of the camera. Of all his skills, his acting -- in the most pivotal role -- is the weakest, and that detracts mightily from the overall impact of the film.

High school senior Charlie (Lo) finds his life in turmoil when his mother suddenly dies, leaving him as guardian of his 10-year-old brother Ben (the unfortunately named Boo Boo Stewart). His alcoholic father (Barry Shay) is out of the picture, so Justin defers his freshman year at Columbia to take care of things at home.

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