Blackmail Boys (2010)

BERNARD SHUMANSKI, RICHARD SHUMANSKI

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 2010.  Shumanski Brothers.  Screenplay by Bernard Shumanski, Richard Shumanski.  Cinematography by .  Produced by Bernard Shumanski, Richard Shumanski.  Music by Bernard Shumanski.  Film Editing by Bernard Shumanski, Richard Shumanski.  

College-age boys fall in love and have trouble paying tuition, so one of them moonlights as a hustler while the other looks for a way to make money so his beloved can give up this seedy line of work.  When one of the men hiring our young hero for sex turns out to be a closeted bigot who preaches anti-gay sentiments to the world and speaks out against gay marriage, these two come up with a plan to blackmail him and use the money for their move to a state where they can get hitched.  This muddled and unpleasant film features sexually explicit scenes that are graphic but never sexy, with superbly bland characters whose plight is never sympathetic.  There should be rebellious glee located in the plot (where is the unabashed nihilism of Gregg Araki’s The Living End?) but instead there are dishonest statements about the legitimization of gay relationships in an insensitive society that come off as patronizing and simplistic.

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