Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5
USA, 1997. Strand Releasing. Screenplay by Mark Christopher, Tom DeCerchio, James Lecesne, Nickolas Perry. Cinematography by Steve Adcock, Steven Poster, Marc Reshovsky, Jamie Silverstein. Produced by Ann Ruark, Rafi Stephan. Music by Robert Folk, Julian Harris, Danny Troob. Production Design by Ed Check, James Stewart. Film Editing by Craig A. Colton, Mike Murphy, Gloria Whittemore.
The number of films is increased but the quality is lowered for this follow-up to the successful original.
Another group of short films about gay men are combined to feature length, but the selections this time are, for the most part, far more shallow than in the first Boys Life, beginning with the worst of the bunch Must Be The Music by Nickolas Perry, about a group of boys finding love at a nightclub. After that is Nunzio’s Second Cousin, about a cop who teaches a gay basher a lesson by having him over to his house for dinner; neither film is particularly well acted or directed.
Slightly better is Alkali, Iowa by Mark Christopher (who would go on to make 54), about a farm boy who discovers a secret about his father buried in a field, and ending with the Academy Award winner Trevor by Peggy Rajski, which deals with gay teen suicide in a poignant manner.
Changes in rights issues meant that Trevor was removed from the film’s DVD release (it was distributed separately) and replaced with The Dadshuttle by Tom Donaghy, a less impressive but still enjoyable film about a young man trying to come out to his father while on a routine drive.