An oddly endearing mix of graphic sex, young love and home-movie noir from the Shumanski brothers.
This oddly endearing mix of graphic sex, young love and home-movie noir from the Shumanski brothers (“Wrecked”) depicts a guileless gay couple’s brief foray into crime. The Chicago-set zero-budgeter, lensed by indie shock-horror helmer Adam Wingard, also features the Windy City’s favorite mumblecore son, Joe Swanberg, as a homophobic evangelist-cum-closet queer. Ultimately destined for the gay circuit, “Boys” rewards target auds with a high quotient of sexual explicitness combined with thesping of genuinely unaffected sweetness.
To make ends meet as a new student at the Art Institute of Chicago, gentle Sam (Nathan Adloff) resorts to hustling, a choice that greatly perturbs longtime b.f. and future hubby Aaron (Taylor Reed) upon his arrival from Memphis. Recognizing one of Sam’s rich johns (Swanberg) as a famous antigay proselytizer, Aaron proposes to blackmail him for a nuptial nest egg. Plans go awry in classic noir fashion, Sam even supplying doleful hindsight narration (albeit oncamera and with a surprising lack of atmospheric foreboding). Pic’s improbable ending tone is less a cop-out than a playful genre twist.