It's subtle in a way. The lads' relationship is presented as almost subtext, achieving an understated complexity, as is the portrayal of Pete which is at once very simple and very suggestive. It's a quite fascinating piece that hints at some larger questions about sex and society.
Pete's sometimes poetic and simplistic upbeat view of what he does and why he's doing this keeps the film tipping too far into what could be a weepy, depressive docu-drama. Yes, it all comes together nicely in the end.... but the route taken is kinda glum. Probably not as naive as he appears, but hats off to him for having the balls (pun intended) to do this.
Not a lot happens in this film - but - it is wholly truthful and honest (except for a brief american interlude). The scenarios and characters portrayed have an air of authenticity to them and I was totally convinced this was a strait forward documentary for quite a while until some camera set-ups gave it away (not the characters, dialogue, content or staging). Pete is a lovely presence. The fragility is beautiful.
These guys started so young. Can't believe how upbeat and positive Pete comes across, he's so zen "I could be a dustbin man or a lawyer...it doesn't really matter" "try your best and be the best at it". This shows a sad world servicing human needs. The filming is intimate and honest. Something weird happens towards the end with the scripting...but the awkwardness of that kind of works too. Messy.
For the majority of this low-budget documentary film the audience is focused on the desperation to belong and the search for success that Pete is endeavouring to find. Whilst this part of the film is on screen the viewer sees the inherent sadness that forms a part of this young man's life. It's towards the end when the film shifts towards scripted drama that the film falls flat and fails to convince.