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From Boys to Men

Tyrrell Shaffner's satirical Different (2003) presents a mostly gay world in which straights are closeted and ministers preach against heterosexuality: The captain of the high school football team lusts after Justin, whose dark secret is that he likes girls, and when he's caught kissing one he's taunted as a “hetero.” Joe Dirtl and Michael Irpino's The Mezzos (2002) is based on a similarly funny switch: two chunky hit men in the middle of an enforcement action debate the merits of Sondheim and Lloyd Webber. Welby Ings's Boy is an affecting story of a young male hustler who learns more than he should about a fatal hit-and-run while trolling in a toilet; it's a bit pretentious, but it gives a strong sense of the protagonist's vulnerability. Of the four other videos on the program, some are amusing, some dull. 88 min.

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