Showboy (2002)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB

USA, 2002.  here! Films, Squeak Pictures, Fite Films, Faction Films, Farrington Productions.  Screenplay by Christian Taylor, Lindy Heymann, .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

 stars in this boring mockumentary he made with Lindy Heymann, in which she plays a fictional version of herself following him around the set of HBO’s Six Feet Under, on which he is a writer. The fiction sets in when Heymann’s cameras accidentally catch Six Feet Under creator Alan Ball firing Taylor, who then takes off to Las Vegas without telling anyone and chases his dream of becoming a dancer in a show. Heymann plays along with Taylor’s claims that he’s researching a script, all along knowing that the auditions that he, a mid-30s, inexperienced, modestly talented dancer, is going on are for real. Wryly humorous at times, the film mostly drags on thanks to Taylor’s heinously unlikable personality, which when it isn’t shy and self-defeating is arrogant and impenetrable. Imagine the nightmare of what should be a 10-minute comedy skit taking up two hours of your time and you’ll have a good idea of what you’re getting into here.

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