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Poster Boy Review


Weak
Poster Boy is an overwrought drama far more interested in making political points than in entertaining its audience. The story of an arch-conservative Senator whose reelection campaign is threatened by the potential outing of his estranged gay son, it's held together with a hard-to-accept mish-mash of coincidences, pontifications, and badly lit sex scenes, all shot with a shaky handheld camera that inspires more wooziness than urgency.

The obese and ugly North Carolina Senator Jack Kray (Michael Lerner) keeps his boozy wife (Karen Allen) on a very short leash and would do the same to his college student son Henry (Matt Newton) if Matt were still close enough. When they reunite on the eve of a speech that the Senator will deliver on Henry's campus, Henry is appalled to find out that father wants him to deliver a fawning introduction to dear old dad. When Henry balks, Dad simply smacks him in the face. Nice.

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The Girl Review


OK
Five stars for atmosphere, but what this Girl needs is a story, and this iffy obsession fable just doesn't do her justice.

The Girl in question is an otherwise nameless cabaret singer in Paris, a redhead who spends one night with a butch-ish artist (known only as The Artist, and I don't mean Prince), promising that that night will be the last.

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All Over Me Review


Very Good
The not-entirely-safe streets of New York Hell's Kitchen neighborhood are the setting for All Over Me, a slice of urban teen life that comes across as a bit melodramatic, but then again, what teenager doesn't believe his or her life is full of drama? Sisters Sylvia and Alex Sichel write and direct (respectively) with sensitivity. Working on a shoestring budget, they've created a scary and insular world from which escape will be tough.

Claude (Alison Folland) certainly has issues to contend with. The only child of a man-hungry and alcoholic mother, she's struggling with her weight, her schoolwork, her job at the local pizza parlor, and most notably, her emerging lesbianism. It doesn't help that her super-best friend Ellen (Tara Subkoff) is a bit of train wreck who likes to dabble in the drugs her loutish and violent drug-dealing boyfriend Mark (Cole Hauser) is stringing her out on. Claude tries to cope with the awful fact that she's falling in love with Ellen, while Ellen uses Claude to provide her with reassurance, safety, and even a roof over her head at times. It's what the self-help books call a destructively co-dependent relationship.

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Lisa Picard Is Famous Review


Good
Inspired by its fellow mockumentary David Holzman's Diary, this look at an "on the cusp" starlet named Lisa Picard (Laura Kirk) asks us how fame changes a person. In the hands of quirky director Griffin Dunne we get an often funny and often stilted gag on superficiality in Hollywood. Worth a peek, worth a giggle.

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54 Review


OK
Extremely watery and soap opera-ish, this expose on the inner workings of Studio 54 at the end of the 1970s is pretty tame. Sure, drugs, sex, money, booze, etc. were all free-flowing. But who didn't know that? The fictionalized story of a bartender's rise to power that's weaved in here doesn't make the film any better.

Tadpole Review


Excellent
When you're young, it seems all you want is to be older - whether it's finally to be allowed to stay up late, to go out to a bar, or just to be taken seriously. In Oscar's case, it's just to be desirable.

All of Oscar Grubman's (Aaron Stanford) prep school friends - including best friend Charlie (Robert Iler of Sopranos fame) - tell him that he's a 40-year-old trapped in a 15-year-old's body. Instead of feeding on pop culture and pop music, Oscar spends his time quoting Voltaire and listening to opera. Think of him as a Max Fisher minus the bullshit. He strives to be cultured and sophisticated well beyond his years, and girls his age just don't cut the gouda.

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