Regarding Billy

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Overview

When the death of his parents prompts Billy to move back home in order to better care for his mentally challenged younger brother Johnny, the experiences that follow leave the caring brother forever changed in this small-town tale of courage and friendship from director Jeff London. Upon returning to his quaint east-coast village home, Billy not only reconnects with his brother Johnny, but with his childhood best-friend Dean - who is currently home recovering from injuries sustained during military duty in Iraq -...
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Overview

When the death of his parents prompts Billy to move back home in order to better care for his mentally challenged younger brother Johnny, the experiences that follow leave the caring brother forever changed in this small-town tale of courage and friendship from director Jeff London. Upon returning to his quaint east-coast village home, Billy not only reconnects with his brother Johnny, but with his childhood best-friend Dean - who is currently home recovering from injuries sustained during military duty in Iraq - as well. When Billy begins to realize that his feelings for Dean have grown beyond friendship into something far deeper, the fear of his secret getting out paralyzes him from acting on his emotions. Dean has his own secrets though, and when the truth about Billy's true desires come out, the lives of all three men will be changed forever.
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Special Features

Commentary with writer/director Jeff London and stars Ronnie Kerr, Jack Sway & Jason Van Eman; Outtakes; Story: T'was the Night; Widescreen
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/3/2006
  • UPC: 827912031683
  • Original Release: 2005
  • Rating:

  • Source: Wolfe Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:20:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 44,322

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ronnie Kerr
Jack Sway
Jason Van Eman
Technical Credits
Jeff London Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Matthew Kenna Cinematographer, Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Regarding Billy
3. Opening Titles [1:13]
4. Camping [5:42]
5. Johnny's Letter [5:07]
6. Halloween Dinner [2:27]
7. Billy's Dream [3:03]
8. What Will We Do? [4:04]
9. Billy's Walk Home [1:42]
10. Brother's Night [2:50]
11. Dean Arrives [1:26]
12. Welcome Home Dinner [1:27]
13. Friend's Remember [7:18]
14. Dean's Walk Home [1:14]
15. Making Cookies [2:00]
16. Putting Up Christmas Lights [5:02]
17. Playing on the Beach [:58]
18. Good Morning [2:46]
19. Pizza Night [12:36]
20. War Memories [4:22]
21. Christmas Eve [4:46]
22. End Credits [:59]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Regarding Billy
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   Commentary
   Outtakes
   Scenes
   T'was the Night
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Sweet Low Budget Indie 'with a lotta Heart'

    This is the story of two men coming to terms with the tragedies life has handed them and in the process finding a deep love with each other.

    This isn't for everyone; I think many movie buffs will be put off by the 'home-spun' aesthetic. The production values are not great: there are some war shots copied from video, a scene hanging Christmas lights outdoors where neither of the actors move, and I'm afraid Jack Sway may have cracked a tooth eating a cookie that was supposed to be right out of the oven.

    That said, there is a lot to enjoy in 'Regarding Billy'. Made for less than thirty thousand dollars, it seems to capture a story rarely told by slicker, higher budget films: gay characters who live outside large cities. I've seen so many gay films that revolve around the angst of giving up the club scene and settling down with just one guy. (Maybe two if you count the sassy brunch-buddy.) It's refreshing to see two guys find each other while dealing with real life, where gym memberships don't count as commitments.

    Characters Billy & Dean have been best friends growing up and are separated when Dean joins the military. After his parents die in an accident Billy moves back home to take care of his disabled brother Johnny. Dean moves in after he gets out of the service and has no place else to call home. While they clearly have deeper feelings for each other, both have a lot of internalized homophobia on top of the fear of losing a valued friendship by coming out. This plays against a backdrop of everyday headaches, like work, Billy & Johnny's grief over losing their parents, Billy taking care of Johnny, and growing concerns about Dean's health. The movie sometimes falls into the trap of sentimentality, which will turn some people off completely, but for me, the characters transcend the weaknesses of the film. It has been a long time since I saw a gay character I could describe as gracefully unselfish, and that makes it all worthwhile.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    Reading the synopsis on the box makes you think this could be one of those "cute" touching movies. Believe me, the synopsis is better than the actual movie--by far. The story line is so thin--the idea could work--but maybe this was a high school student who wrote the script. There's no movement, just lots or woeful, unbelievable dialogue that just made me fast forward hoping for something to make me at least like this movie a little. I'm glad I didn't buy this movie, but even the $4 I spent to rent it was a waste. I had been waiting to find a good little gay movie again--there are some out there, but this is definitely not one of them.

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