I Am the Movie

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Boy Culture
Directed by Q. Allan Brocka

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By genre, Boy Culture comes closest to romantic comedy, but it’s a peculiarly gay romantic comedy that focuses not on two but on three—actually, four—characters. The three younger men are variously in love with one another, or think they are—Joey with X, X and Andrew with each other, but secretly, unspeakably. The conceit of romantic comedy is that the two main characters are destined to end up together despite all the obstacles—family issues, ethnic disparities, random mishaps—that conspire to keep them apart. The obstacles in Boy Culture are prisons of the mind that still make it hard, even after all these years, for two gay men just to come out and say to each other, “I love you.”

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