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  • Summary: When Christian Taylor, a writer on HBO's wildly popular Six Feet Under, agrees to let a British Television crew follow him for a series about Brits working in Hollywood, he finds that his true calling may be in the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas' Stage and not in the harsh world of Hollywood show business. (Squeak Pictures) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. The result is a deliberate conflation of fact and fiction that yields unexpected emotional impact.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    60
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    50
    It's a rich idea for a comedy, even if the filmmakers seem timid about making the pic the full-on satire it might have been.
  4. 50
    The film takes on unexpected weight when Christian cops to his intense personal loneliness. That's not the stuff of high comedy, but it's brave and, in these days of rah-rah, everyone's-in-love gay media, rather refreshing.
  5. Unlike such similar efforts as "A Mighty Wind," this would-be satire isn't funny enough to be entertaining, nor is it clever enough to fool us.
  6. Reviewed by: Akiva Gottlieb
    20
    So amateurish that its awkward Whoopi Goldberg cameo actually adds a touch of class, Showboy is an ill-conceived, often implausible hybrid of fact and fiction.
  7. 0
    Lethargically paced, badly edited and shot in hideous digital video.

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