Shelter (2007)

JONAH MARKOWITZ

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

USA, 2007.  GP Pictures, here! Films.  Screenplay by Jonah Markowitz.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Podcast:  Bad Gay Movies.  

A poor teenager in San Pedro (no, not the one Madonna dreamt of) spends his days perfecting his street art, taking care of his selfish sister’s little boy, watching out for his drugged-up, post-work-injury dad and surfing with his best friend. A chance meeting with his best friend’s older brother () results in a summer-fling love affair that sends the young man’s identity into a crisis and finds his sister () questioning his devotion to their family. Awkward direction and a pretty familiar set-up, but the film has its moments and the acting is quite strong, particularly the lovely Holmes and a very subtle Rowe. Don’t expect it to blow your mind, however, and feel free to roll your eyes during all the montage sequences of endless frolicking (FROLICKING!) in the sun.

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