Golden Boy

Life has gotten suddenly very difficult for James (Mark Elias – appeared in episodes of Lucifer and Teen Wolf). He has been locked out of his apartment because he is late with rent and fired from his job as a delivery guy for a liquor store. Without friends or family to turn to the loner ends up talking to a guy at a bus stop who tells him he can make money as a sex worker operating from a local park.

After spending a few days on the street and being rejected from a couple of job interviews, James heads to the park. Once there he realizes he cannot go through with it, James leaves only to be approached by a customer named CQ (Lex Medlin – appeared in episodes of Criminal Mind and Shameless). CQ is a rich business guy and his heart goes out to James once he hears his story. After first offering to feed him, James ends up crashing in one of CQ’s guest rooms until he gets on his feet.

Soon enough James ends up working for CQ basically as a drug mule. Being all of sudden interjected into CQ’s world and flush with money for the first time in a long time, James turns into a party boy. Discovering that the guy he spoke to at the bus stop, Houston (Logan Donovan – appeared in episodes of Masters of Sex and Grey’s Anatomy), used to work for CQ.

At this time he also meets a guy named Josh (Paul Culos – appeared in episodes of Modern Family and The Middle), who he becomes romantic with.

Soon James’ life has devolved into sex in bathrooms, cocaine, having a gun held to his head, and partying. Leading him to wonder if the financial security is all worth it.

Watching this film I could not help but be transported to another time. It had that look and feel about it. Filled with the cliches of gay films past. Loaded with them, actually. Overwhelmed by them, in truth. Not all gay men are the stereotypes depicted here.

While the story is plenty active and interesting, it almost has a feeling of a helter skelter attempt at realism. Nothing feels planned or thought out. This fly by the seat of your pants feeling pervades Stoney Westmoreland’s (first feature film) film.

On the downside, some things here did not make sense to me. Like how they kept referring to James as a “boy”. He is OBVIOUSLY not, though! Definitely at least in his late 20s.

On the plus side of this loosey goosey approach film is the acting. The actors have all totally bought into it and are comfortable. Very realistic performances are the result.

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