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Written and directed by co-stars Lindy Heymann and Christian Taylor, Showboy is a comedic mockumentary about a Hollywood writer trying to make it onto the Las Vegas stage. Real-life British filmmaker Heymann takes her documentary crew into Southern California to report on Britons working in Hollywood. She overhears Taylor (a real writer and producer for the HBO series Six Feet Under) getting fired by executive producer Alan Ball. The documentary crew then follows Taylor to Las Vegas, where he proceeds to follow his dreams of making it as a star under the guise of doing research for a movie… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This would-be satire isn't funny enough to be entertaining, nor is it clever enough to fool us."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Showboy is enjoyable if you're comfortable with the mix of fact and fiction and don't care what's true and what's not."
‑ Charles Ealy, Dallas Morning News
"a legitimately smart and appealing work"
‑ Jay Antani, Los Angeles Alternative
"Made all the more fascinating by keeping a small and twisted foot in a bizarre reality befitting the glitz and glamour of show business."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"Taylor, while perhaps a little small to become a real Vegas showboy, makes for a very charismatic hero, while Joaquin Baca-Asay's cinematography captures all the glitz and slightly tawdry glamour of the Vegas strip."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"To their credit, the filmmakers don't repair their hero's aching heart, but they do grant him a brief moment in the Vegas spotlight, surely all that any chorus boy (or girl) could ask."
‑ Chuck Wilson, L.A. Weekly
"A clever hide-and-seek game of reality versus fiction that reveals itself as not the movie you thought it was when the final credits roll."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"The most entertaining part of Christian Taylor's "Showboy" is deciphering fact from fiction... and that's not a compliment."
‑ David Foucher, EDGE Boston
"plays for laughs extremely well, though it's all dry as the Las Vegas air"
‑ Christopher Null,
"Slyly amusing yet poignant."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"A no-budget vanity production that almost instantly wears out its welcome."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Silly only begins to describe this, but along the way, bitter truths are revealed and some real laughs delivered."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Witty, touching, and slightly wacky."
‑ Stina Chyn, Film Threat
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