I have seen porn films more subtle and well-paced than this crap. Just imagine this story as a decent gay porn noir/thriller in the hands of someone like Andrew Haigh and starring Zac Efron, giving all his body and soul in a dramatic role...
I expected more from this film. The trailer looked like it was styled after Spring Breakers, but it ended up falling short on narrative and execution. Kelly tries to fit every detail from the book into a film that it feels rushed and calculated. Keegan Allen and James Franco's acting looks awkward and unconvincing.
Oh, well. Another James Franco gay trip to Hollywood gay cinema. This one is so bland it hurts: why producing an underground true story if you are going to travel by cinema's safe grounds? There's no art, no escapades, no desire to try anything new. It's almost like a TV version of this story. Sincerely: I've watched L&O SVU episodes with more sex, dirt and soul than this.
Its failure to perhaps help crush the taboo of depiction of gay sex in film because of its timidness, the fact that its marketing campaign was so blatantly based on gaybaiting and its overall clumsy script and awkward acting (mainly Franco), deemed this ultimately disappointing to me.
When the teaser is better than the whole package. Just like porn, this colorful, sweaty, dirrrty... wait. Porn is more colorful, sweaty and dirty than this. This is just shallow and emotionless. Garrett Clayton's sex face has more future in gay porn than hollywood movies.
It really says something about Hollywood when you can get Christian Slater, Alicia Silverstone, Molly Ringwald, and James Franco to take roles from one of the worst scripts ever to make it to the screen. I've seen better writing in real pornos. Worth it only for the (separate) gay sex scenes featuring Slater and Franco.
A weak based-on-a-true-story film that feels like every single dialogue was written in a hurry or something. It's cringeworthy to think that people in sexual industry can be so superficial to the point that it's not even believable. The theme and main plot had some potencial, though.
2-2.5. Brent Corrigan, himself, is kind of a key issue here. He's a lying narcissist who never falls from his flaws, yet as a 'hero' he's wholly unlikeable. James Franco and Keegan Allen technically play a much more sympathetic, interesting pair of characters than our designated hero and victim. So the final answers to the questions raised by old men possessing young are, at best, morally mixed ones.