Poster Boy | Chicago Reader

Poster Boy

In this fair-to-middling drama an ultraconservative senator's closeted gay son is caught in the political cross fire when he has a fling with a political protester. Screenwriters Ryan Shiraki and Lecia Rosenthal cop most of the standard moves of coming-out movies—neatly schematic conflict, secondary characters with distinctive quirks, a gestural plotline—then juice up the melodrama, but they redeem themselves somewhat by refusing the pat happy ending. Director Zak Tucker is a bit too fond of jump cuts as signifiers of edginess. Still, when the material doesn't get in the way he's pretty good at getting across the emotional content. Leads Matt Newton and Jack Noseworthy have genuine chemistry, which certainly helps. Digital video. 98 min.

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