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  • Summary: It is 1984. Frank is a determined teenager who runs away from high school to find an alternative lifestyle in Amsterdam. He finds a home and a job at the House of Boys, a bar-cum-brothel run by a strict Madame who has an eye for what his punters crave. Frank works his way up from barman to on-stage dancer and falls in love with some of his housemates. The first intimations of what is described as 'the gay plague', casts a long shadow over Frank’s tight-knit group of friends. Yet despite the troubles that cloud the hopes and dreams of young Frank, his perseverance, along with support from a willing doctor, will carry him through. ‘House of Boys’ is a glamorous, colourful coming-of-age story that lifts the lid on an exciting world of sex and music, where deep passions suddenly turn into a struggle for courage. (Peccadillo Pictures) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Steve Ramos
    Jul 30, 2011
    60
    There's nothing wrong with social message melodramas that tackle the AIDS crisis and certainly not every gay release has to please crowds like "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert," but Schlim has a good-time movie with a likable cast.
  2. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Sep 22, 2011
    60
    The performances have heart, and a sorrowful tenderness courses through the self-described "fairy tale," even at its kitschiest.
  3. Reviewed by: Eric Henderson
    Jul 26, 2011
    50
    Call me crazy-stupid, but locker-room anal sex aside, didn't Christina Aguilera just enact this scenario last fall in "Burlesque"?
  4. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Jul 28, 2011
    50
    A gay tragedy in three acts and more than a dozen excellent songs, House of Boys conveys an emotional honesty that overrides its dated style.
  5. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Jul 26, 2011
    40
    And yet, for all its hanging on the details of the boys' heavily eroticized performances and its graphing of the relationships between the young performers, the film is at once too drawn out and underdeveloped.
  6. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Jul 27, 2011
    40
    Thesping is more engaging than accomplished, as Anderson's constant smile cracks around the edges and Northover's dourness is a bit overdone.
  7. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Jul 29, 2011
    20
    Once AIDS rears its head, this nostalgic look back goes into melodrama mode - and quickly descends from bad to much, much worse.
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