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A male prostitute who has dismissed the need for love in his life learns a lesson about affection from one of his customers in this independent comedy drama from filmmaker Q. Allan Brocka. X (Derek Magyar) is a gay hustler whose enigmatic name reflects his emotional distance from the world around him; he doesn't much believe in love, and isn't interested in sex unless he's being paid for it. X has a dozen regular customers he calls his "disciples," and shares his home with two roommates -- Andrew (Darryl Stephens), whose good looks sometimes tempt X, though he's still… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Actor Derek Magyar makes an impressive feature debut in this somber video drama about a financially savvy but emotionally distant male escort."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"It's a better-than-average gay relationship film, largely because neither plot mechanics nor the same old camp intrude much."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"A traditional vapid romantic comedy."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"BOY CULTURE is a well-made, engrossing and well acted comedy-drama. [The main character] X can easily reside alongside Jon Voight's Joe Buck in MIDNIGHT COWBOY as one of the screen's more memorable hustlers."
‑ Ted Murphy, Murphy's Movie Reviews
"Brocka leaps into the small circle of leading queer filmmakers of our time, sculpting an unpredictable romance that is complex, sophisticated and thoughtful."
‑ Gabriel Shanks, Modern Fabulousity
"If anything about this scenario sounds remotely interesting, it's not."
‑ Jonathan Padget, Washington Post
"Despite cliches, film does click."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Audiences outside gay cinema will, frankly, probably find it too callow to emotionally invest in. However, for those who do see it, they will likely be surprised, and entertained, by its arch insights and near-camp bearing."
‑ Kevin Williamson, Jam! Movies
"These self-involved studs manage to make ready, anonymous sex look rather dull."
‑ Gianni Truzzi, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Direction and performances are not up to the task of making this convincing or moving."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Boy Culture is an undemanding but sufficiently engaging serving of smut and sentiment. As such, it reclaims territory that queer cinema has largely ceded to TV shows like Queer as Folk, The L Word and Six Feet Under."
‑ Jason Anderson, Globe and Mail
"Benefits from some assured helming by Q. Allan Brocka and strong performances."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"Seattle locales, some spry lines and tiny soundings of depth still leave us in the conceptual grip of 'love' as a system of endless bartering and vanity, with impulsive copulation treated as consecration. Oh, boy."
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
"A drab, contrived drama in which men have sex and then complain about it to us."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Shrewder than you'd think and not half as dumb as it looks."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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