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Boys Life 2 (1997)

Compilation of four short films about homoerotic situations involving young men. Tom DeCerchio directed "Nunzio's Second Cousin", telling the story of a gay cop who forces a gay-basher to ... See full summary »

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Mark Christopher (segment), Tom DeCerchio (segment) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Saucedo ... Eric (segment "Must Be the Music")
Justin Urich ... Kevin (segment "Must Be the Music")
Travis Sher Travis Sher ... Dave (segment "Must Be the Music")
Milo Ventimiglia ... Jason (segment "Must Be the Music")
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Tony Randozza (segment "Nunzio's Second Cousin")
Miles Perlich Miles Perlich ... Jimmy (segment "Nunzio's Second Cousin")
Eileen Brennan ... Mrs. Randozza (segment "Nunzio's Second Cousin")
Harry Waters Jr. ... Tony's Date (segment "Nunzio's Second Cousin")
Mary Beth Hurt ... June Gudmanson
J.D. Cerna J.D. Cerna ... Jack Gudmanson (segment "Alkali, Iowa")
Kent Broadhurst ... Blondie (segment "Alkali, Iowa")
Ellen Latzen ... Carol (as Ellen Hamilton Latzen)
Edward Seamon Edward Seamon ... Bill Gudmanson (segment "Alkali, Iowa")
Greg Villepique Greg Villepique ... Jacko (segment "Alkali, Iowa")
Brett Barsky Brett Barsky ... Trevor (segment "Trevor")
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Storyline

Compilation of four short films about homoerotic situations involving young men. Tom DeCerchio directed "Nunzio's Second Cousin", telling the story of a gay cop who forces a gay-basher to come to his house and have dinner with his family. In "Alkali, Iowa", by Mark Christopher, a young gay man finds out some of his father's past secrets. And "Must Be the Music", by Nickolas Perry, follows four teenagers looking for love in nightclubs. Written by lukejoplin@infolink.com.br

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 March 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Meninos e Amores 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Iowa, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$56,224, 9 March 1997

Gross USA:

$532,654

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$532,654
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Strand Releasing See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Michael Saucedo. See more »

Alternate Versions

In some video releases and on the DVD version the segment "Trevor" is replaced by the episode _Dadshuttle, The (1997)_, written and directed by Tom Donaghy, starring 'Matt McGrath'. See more »

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Followed by Boys Life 3 (2000) See more »

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First film is predictable but not bad; the last three more than make up for it.
21 May 2009 | by jm10701See all my reviews

I thought the first short film on this DVD, about the clubbing teens, was trite, except for Milo Ventimiglia and the ending. It's the only one of the four that's a predictable (but not too bad) "gay" movie. The last three films are unusual, each in its own way, and they're all outstanding.

Matt McGrath's performance as the son in DadShuttle is some of the most beautiful acting I've ever seen anywhere, speaking words so realistic and unmovielike that they'd have sounded pretentious spoken by anybody else. Coming from him they're sublime. (Only mediocre actors become big stars. The truly great ones, like McGrath, never do. It's crazy.) I'm glad Trevor was taken out of this collection and issued separately. If it hadn't been I'd probably never have seen DadShuttle.

Alkali IA feels like great literature presented with lovely restraint and grace. I liked it a lot. The real surprise in this set, though, is Vincent D'Onofrio and Eileen Brennan's hilarious dark comedy about a tough gay Italian cop and his mother. Every second of that film is pure delight.

This collection is much better than the first Boys Life (I'm watching the series in order), which surprised me because reviews trend the opposite way. Maybe it's because the three great films in this set are about and for adults, more intelligent and creative than most. They don't fit too comfortably under the "boys" banner, though. It'll be interesting to see how the rest of the series plays out.


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