Poster Boy

Poster Boy

Director: Zak Tucker

Cast: Matt Newton, Karen Allen, Michael Lerner

     
 
A conservative politician who believes he can count on his family for support discovers his son is not the man he thought he was in this drama. Jack Kray (Michael Lerner) is a United States senator from the South whose right-wing views have earned him the nickname "the Nazi from North Carolina." Jack is running for reelection and is looking for support wherever he can

Overview

A conservative politician who believes he can count on his family for support discovers his son is not the man he thought he was in this drama. Jack Kray (Michael Lerner) is a United States senator from the South whose right-wing views have earned him the nickname "the Nazi from North Carolina." Jack is running for reelection and is looking for support wherever he can get it; told he needs to increase his appeal with younger voters, Jack tries to persuade his son Henry (Matt Newton), a college student, to make a few campaign stops with him. While Jack's wife (and Henry's mom), Eunice (Karen Allen), tries to convince her husband this isn't a good idea, Jack refuses to take no for an answer from Henry. But there's something Jack doesn't know about his son -- Henry is gay, and while he only shares this secret with a small handful of trusted friends and lovers, he can't bring himself to support his father's anti-gay "family values" platform. However, Henry's sexual preference may not stay a secret for long -- Henry has hooked up with Anthony (Jack Noseworthy), a student political activist who wants a long-term relationship with Henry and refuses to play coy about it, while some of Henry's other partners have come forward about his homosexuality. Poster Boy was originally announced as a project for director Herbert Ross, who died before the film went into production; Douglas Keeve took over as director, but resigned before shooting was completed, so editor Zac Tucker completed the movie and received sole screen credit.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Completed on the eve of the 2004 presidential election, Zak Tucker's Poster Boy is nothing if not timely. Aside from topicality and good intentions, the film is reasonably engaging and well acted. But it's also more than a little bit overwrought. The problems start with the character of the conservative Southern senator, Jack Kray (Michael Lerner). Lerner brings a little depth to the characterization, but Jack is essentially written as an ogre, and the filmmakers would have benefited, both in terms of audience involvement and their thematic arguments, by making him more recognizably human. There's not a single attractive thing about the man, which makes his gay son Henry's (Matt Newton) conflict with him more predictably transparent and less interesting. Meanwhile, there's a surfeit of subplots going on, of varying plausibility. Valerie Geffner does a fine job as Izzie, and has a surprisingly touching interaction with the senator's wife, Eunice (Karen Allen, somehow making this over-the-top aging Southern belle appealing), but was it necessary to give her AIDS, an antidepressant addiction, and a ludicrous, underdeveloped backstory involving a bisexual former lover? Jack Noseworthy is also very good, but his character arc suffers from similar needless complications. The film's immediacy and its charming cast allow it to overcome these flaws to some degree, and a framing device, which at first seems yet another pointless complication, turns out to add a welcome and surprising bit of nuance to the tale. Poster Boy may go a bit astray, but it is still a solid indie effort.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/14/2006
UPC:
0796019797009
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
R
Source:
Liberation Ent
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:38:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Matt Newton Henry Kray
Karen Allen Eunice Kray
Michael Lerner Jack Kray
Jack Noseworthy Anthony
Valerie Geffner Izzie
Ian Reed Kesler Skip Franklin
Steve Sheffler Journalist
Neal Huff Marcus
Austin Lysy Parker

Technical Credits
Zak Tucker Director,Editor
Miguel A. Alvarez Art Director
Pamela Scott Arnold Editor
Kerry Barden Casting
Jim Black Musical Direction/Supervision
Stanley Buchtal Producer
Stanley F. Buchthal Producer
Jeff Campagna Producer
Rebecca Chaiklin Producer
Dan Ferat Sound/Sound Designer
Mark Garcia Score Composer
Dolly Hall Producer
Doug Hall Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer
Wolfgang Held Cinematographer
Billy Hopkins Casting
Robyn Knoll Co-producer
Julie W. Noll Asst. Director
Trevor Ristow Screenwriter
Lecia Rosenthal Screenwriter
Ryan Shiraki Screenwriter
Suzanne Smith Casting

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Poster Boy
1. It's Lonely [4:45]
2. Campaign [6:02]
3. An Activist [4:24]
4. False Image [4:29]
5. For Keeps [4:42]
6. Surprise [4:33]
7. Anything Else [6:10]
8. One Drink [3:55]
9. Your Name [6:14]
10. No Angel [4:09]
11. Small Price [5:27]
12. Jaded [5:35]
13. Broken [4:46]
14. Miserable [4:59]
15. Take Care [5:19]
16. Old Days [4:12]
17. Oppressive [5:16]
18. Make It [12:55]

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