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Director  Q. Allan Brocka
Initial DVD release  August 29, 2007 (France)
Language  English
7/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Budget  500,000 USD
Country  United States
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Release date  April 1, 2006 (2006-04-01) (London)March 23, 2007 (2007-03-23)
Based on  Boy Culture by Matthew Rettenmund
Writer  Matthew Rettenmund (based on the novel by), Philip Pierce (written for the screen by), Q. Allan Brocka (written for the screen by)
Cast  Jonathon Trent (Joey), Derek Magyar (X), George Jonson (Blondie), Patrick Bauchau (Gregory Talbot), Darryl Stephens (Andrew), Peyton Hinson (Jill)
Similar movies  Fish Tank, Jupiter Ascending, Factory Girl, The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things, Pitch Perfect 2, At the Edge of the Abyss
Tagline  Sex pays. Love costs.

Boy Culture is a 2006 American drama film and the film adaptation of Matthew Rettenmund's 1995 novel of the same name. The film stars Derek Magyar, Darryl Stephens, Patrick Bauchau, Jonathon Trent, and Emily Brooke Hands.


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A successful escort describes in a series of confessions his entangled romantic relationships with his two roommates and an older, enigmatic client.

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The story remains the same as the novel, about a man who goes by only the letter "X" to maintain his anonymity and relationships between his two roommates - one of whom he's in love with - and an enigmatic older client who challenges him to find his heart before he will consent to sex.

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The film's differences from the novel include Andrew's character (now an African-American) and the location of the story in Seattle, Washington instead of Chicago, Illinois.


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Boy Culture is based on a novel, with a few important differences found between the two. It was decided in the film to set it in Seattle rather than Chicago, and to make substantial differences to the character of Andrew, including his ethnicity. The film is also noted for the careful eye of the director, who managed to turn what was an 18-day production cycle into a fully realized film.

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In 2017, a Kickstarter campaign was launched for "Boy Culture: The Series," an episodic sequel to the original, which proposed to star Matthew Wilkas (X), Darryl Stephens (Andrew), Matthew Crawford (Chayce), as well as Stephen Guarino and singer Steve Grand.


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The film made its world premiere in the United Kingdom at the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (since renamed BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival), on April 1, 2006, and made its debut in the United States at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 26, 2006. It subsequently received a very limited theatrical release in the United States on March 23, 2007.

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Boy Culture was shown at the following film festivals:

  • 2006 London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival - April 1, 2006
  • 2006 Tribeca Film Festival - April 26, 2006
  • 2006 Atlantic Film Festival - September 15, 2006
  • 2006 Verzaubert Queer Film Festival - November 14, 2006
  • 2006 Paris Gay and Lesbian Film Festival - November 19, 2006
  • 2007 Cleveland International Film Festival - March 16, 2007
  • 2007 Philly Film Festival - April 6, 2007
  • 2007 Mostra Internacional de Cinema Gay i Lèsbic de Barcelona - July 7, 2007
  • Critical response

    Boy Culture currently holds a 71% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 31 reviews; the consensus states: "Eloquent one-liners and quick pacing make Boy Culture sharper than the typical gay indie flick." On Metacritic, based on 12 critics, the film has a 56/100 rating, signifying "mixed or average reviews". Maitland McDonagh from TV Guide wrote “Shrewder than you’d think and not half as dumb as it looks.” Jeannette Catsoulis from The New York Times wrote “A slick and absorbing drama.” Ronnie Scheib from Variety (magazine) wrote “A strong cast, formal visual style and cynical voiceover that propels the action help elevate this Seattle-set gay romp from the ranks of the stereotypical.”

    Home media

    The film was released on DVD on August 14, 2007, courtesy of TLA Video. The release includes an audio commentary from writer/director Q. Allan Brocka and writing partner Philip Pierce, interviews with Brocka and the four stars, deleted scenes, premiere footage from the Tribeca Film Festival and the film's trailer.


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