Dorian Blues | Chicago Reader

Dorian Blues

Coming out to his family becomes a liberating if terrifying prospect for Dorian, the teenage hero of Tennyson Bardwell's poignant, mordantly witty debut feature. Harassed at his high school, badgered by his conservative father, and overshadowed by his all-American quarterback brother, Dorian seeks counseling to learn how to declare his homosexuality (in one hilarious montage, he addresses a mannequin that stands in for his father). Some of the video's humor is overly broad, and several dramatic setups are too predictable (like the obligatory encounter with a bullying jock as Dorian fumbles to open his locker), but Bardwell manages a sincere portrait of what it's like to be young and closeted. With Michael McMillan and Lea Coco. 88 min.

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