Poster Boy
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A conservative politician who believes he can count on his family for support discovers his son is not the man he thought he was in this drama. Jack Kray (Michael Lerner) is a United States senator from the South whose right-wing views have earned him the nickname "the Nazi from North Carolina." Jack is running for reelection and is looking for support wherever he can get it; told he needs to increase his appeal with younger voters, Jack tries to persuade his son Henry (Matt Newton), a college student, to make a few campaign stops with him. While Jack's wife (and Henry's… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 26%

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"While the movie's discussion points certainly rank on par with those political thrillers, there's not enough substance for the movie to succeed on its own merits, a point underscored by posters selling the movie on Newton's perfectly airbrushed chest."
‑ Peter Debruge, Miami Herald
"An overwrought story of American politics and image-making that really only gets interesting in the final act."
‑ Janice Page, Boston Globe
"We all sat around in college having the sort of angry liberal rap sessions that this film painstakingly recreates. We don't have to relive them now."
‑ Don Willmott,
"The film touches on a number of hot-button issues, including homophobia, the ethics of outing, and the intersection of public and private lives, but it suffers from an excess of subplots."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"By the final half-hour, Poster Boy manages a surprising amount of magnetism."
‑ Gabriel Shanks, Mixed Reviews
"A polemic masquerading as a movie, Poster Boy unspools like a humorless lecture on right-wing homophobia."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Some clunky writing and a distracting subplot limit the effectiveness of this ambitious low-budget indie."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"Offers an affirmation that conservatives are not ready to cast that proverbial first stone."
‑ Phil Hall, EDGE Boston
"Screenwriters Ryan Shiraki and Lecia Rosenthal exploit red state/blue state tensions, scripting an act-up soap opera that unintelligently panders to pro-gay sentiment."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Although audiences will admire the film's do-it-yourself energy and commitment, Poster Boy finally collapses of its own contrived weight, deflating just when it should soar into madcap -- or at least thoughtful -- satire."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Poster Boy is a muddled coming-out movie that, for no good reason, unfolds flashback style as Henry tells his story to a sleazy newspaper reporter."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"The people do not reduce to issues, but we know they will hit their issues marks reliably."
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
"Aside from topicality and good intentions, the film is reasonably engaging and well acted. But it's also more than a little bit overwrought."
‑ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide
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