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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a strange indie pick-and-mix
Ricky is a very cute 21-year-old houseboy we first see in bed with two thirty-somethings, and very sexy it is too, even if they are just hugging. However they seem to be planning to ditch him, and then take off for Christmas, leaving him alone. Knowing the lie of the land, he embarks on a series of encounters, often sexual, with various pick-ups, and floats the idea of...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Potential not fully realised. Three and a half stars...
An unusual protagonist raises this film above the usual fare. Ricky is a young-ish guy who has been in a relationship with a wealthy, older gay couple for around a year. He's fairly content with this ménage-a-trois, and believes the couple love him. The film opens just before Christmas - the couple are off to visit relations, leaving Ricky behind to house-sit. The...
Published on 21 Aug 2008 by Son of Nietzsche


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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Potential not fully realised. Three and a half stars..., 21 Aug 2008
This review is from: The Houseboy [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
An unusual protagonist raises this film above the usual fare. Ricky is a young-ish guy who has been in a relationship with a wealthy, older gay couple for around a year. He's fairly content with this ménage-a-trois, and believes the couple love him. The film opens just before Christmas - the couple are off to visit relations, leaving Ricky behind to house-sit. The morning of their departure, he overhears one saying to the other that he wanted "a new toy" for Christmas, evidently referring to finding a replacement for Ricky.

Left alone for the holidays, depressed at the rejection, Ricky spirals downwards into a string of faceless one-night stands and explorers the use of hard drugs. He tells each trick that he plans to commit suicide on New Years' Eve. They mostly brush him off, interested only in a fleeting sexual encounter. The one man he does meet to whom he feels some genuine emotions is Blake, a college student, and all-round nice-guy. Ricky had been thrown out of home for telling his parents that he was gay; in contrast, Blake has an open, loving family environment - everything that Ricky most desires. But when Ricky presses for sex, Blake runs.

The faceless sexual encounters and drugs increase. New Years Eve is approaching...time for Ricky to put his plan into effect?

'The Houseboy' starts off somewhat bland, and the viewer can be forgiven for thinking that it will be just another low-budget fluff piece, the stereotypical 'gay movie'. In some ways it is - family conflict, lashings of nudity and sex - but Ricky's character develops impressively as the film proceeds, becoming increasingly disturbed as New Years' Eve draws closer. Not an easy role, but Nick May turns in a credible performance as the progressively dazed, scared and obsessive Ricky. This characterization, together with some surreal moments (snorting coke with Santa Claus) and a darker look at desire, make 'The Houseboy' into more than it first appears. I would actually give this film 3 and a half stars, in recognition of its potential.

Plenty of extras complete the DVD: deleted scenes, extra footage and on-set rehearsals, alongside the usual stills gallery and trailers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Train Wreck of emotions that nearly works, 7 Dec 2011
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Tommy Dooley "Tom" (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Houseboy [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
This is the story of Ricky, he is `the housboy' for a gay couple who have him a s a sort of live in play thing, very nihilistic. However he seems to genuinely like/love them both and it is Christmas and as he has been let down by his own family he thinks he is going to be with them. Except they are going away to one of their parents for `the holidays', and are leaving him with extensive directions on how to look after their love nest. This involves a lot of plant and fish feeding apparently.

Before they leave Ricky overhears them talking about getting a `new toy' for Christmas and he knows they are referring to his position within the home. They leave and he is distraught, so he goes out and hooks up with an astonishing amounts of success with every low life cruiser on the planet and a few more besides. His first guy is into chicks except they lack any felating prowess - like we didn't know. He then lets them come back to his place and get up to all sorts of shenanigans, the sort you normally need to visit a `members club' for. He then announces on a number of occasions that he will commit suicide on Christmas Eve.

Whilst the plot is somewhat limited, it is actually a quiet and warm film, with love and the lack of it as a central theme. Where I felt it fell down was in some average support performances and the comedy fairground music that kept on crashing into the mood of the thing. Whilst nearly all of the guys he picks up are universally self centred and actually horrible, there are some that redeem gayhood and men in general and at 71 minutes this did not drag. This won't float everyone's boat but it is one for those interested in gay cinema.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a strange indie pick-and-mix, 9 July 2014
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This review is from: The Houseboy [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
Ricky is a very cute 21-year-old houseboy we first see in bed with two thirty-somethings, and very sexy it is too, even if they are just hugging. However they seem to be planning to ditch him, and then take off for Christmas, leaving him alone. Knowing the lie of the land, he embarks on a series of encounters, often sexual, with various pick-ups, and floats the idea of suicide on Christmas Eve, which meets with various reactions. You don't know what he might do, because the unhappiness of rejected youth is very apparent in him, and his family don't want anything to do with his gayness. He has that slightly blank readiness to do things, then change his mind, floating like a cork. The tone of the film is quite original, using lots of Christmas lights without feeling kitsch in itself, and there are many animals in the flat and outside it, so that as well as the human cast there are cats, rabbits, fish, guinea pigs etc. Ricky also looks very good in a jockstrap and the filmmaker seems to like framing his derriere, which certainly has charm to spare ... He also meets a delightful black boy called Blake, who has two mums. The thrust of the film is clear, and its tender-heartedness probably reflects firsthand experience of family rejection, even though it is dressed up here in day-glo colours. Its note is not unlike Chuck and Buck, and it deserves to be seen for its affectionate take on lost youth and its insight into the psychology of rejection. Its triumph is to touch on these things so unpredictably and to keep the physical upholstery of Ricky so close you can feel the quality of the stitching on those singlets and underwear, and the sexiness of his generous young physique ...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Rubbish, 5 Sep 2012
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Enno Hebbelmann "Enno" (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Houseboy [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
We got this DVD as a present for Christmas 2011 and only just got round to watching it. This has got to be one of the worst films ever made. Absolute rubbish. Oxfam have got it now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A wee bit dreary..., 29 Mar 2010
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The title sounds like the nature of being in a 3 person relationship was going to be explored, but the actual story is about the 3rd wheel - always surplus to requirements - realising his situation when left alone for Christmas. If you think that sounds a little too depressing you'd be absolutely right!

The lonely younger guy who just wants to be cared for and has fallen out with his family, looks for love and acceptance from the older couple he lives with. One seems to genuinely care for him but the other sees him as just a current play thing to be replaced when a hotter model comes along. When they leave him to flat sit over the festive break, his situation becomes too hard to cope with and his idea of fixing it is to end it all.

Some ill-advised sexual liaisons follow (all entered into in the hope that one of them will care enough to tell him to ditch his suicide mission), interwoven by a chance meeting with a decent guy his own age who makes him re-think things. That about sums things up. Little charm is on show here so you almost dont care what the end result is which indicates it failed somewhere along the line...
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dire, 15 Oct 2008
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C. W. Marshall "christof" (clapham, london) - See all my reviews
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An appalling depressing sadly and badly directed and realised piece of drivel....get yer razor blades out if you buy this. Well intended? Can't even say that.

Avoid.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mistake, 14 July 2009
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Ford Ka (Edinburgh, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Houseboy [DVD] [2007] (DVD)
Don't be misled by the cover. The two guys disappear within five minutes of the opening credits leaving the boy in the center to his own devices and mainly to face imaginary monsters of his own making.
There is no conflict to speak of. The main hero apparently believes that his more adult friends (who left for Christmas to spend it with the family of one of them) intend to replace him with a younger specimen of the same breed and plans to commit a spectacular suicide so that his companions could know what harm they made.
Unfortunately, the whole story (hardly credible from the very beginning) is played rather badly so instead of a story we get a sequence of scenes in which our hero tries to drown his pain in mindless sex. At least there is sex but be forewarned - the adjective mindless was fully intended. And it applies to more than just sex.
In case you refused to listen to this (or any other) review, and then fell asleep or switched the video off halfway through the movie there is a happy ending. But by the time it comes, you will hardly care.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good romance, 24 Jun 2014
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Good acting, cute central character, if a bit silly. Only thing I found odd, was this guy was in multiple sex scenes, though not always actively involved, but we only got one kiss between him and the love interest.

I know it showed that this guy is different... bla, bla, but I think a little time-skip or something wouldn't have gone amiss.

Thought it was really good though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like naked men and gay sex..., 7 Feb 2014
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As I do then you're gonna love this. Only down side (and it's an EPIC downer) is an unexpected death. Or perhaps it was expected.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Houseboy - Love it., 16 Aug 2013
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Desmond Anthony Gowdy "love" (London, England.) - See all my reviews
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At first I did not thought I would have love this movie, but watching it to the end give me such good feeling for life. Life can be so hard for young gay people. Knowing that when you are young to others you are just seen as a sex toy or play thing. Like Ricky most gay people are really searching for someone to love and be their true friend. I am glad Ricky found a true friend at the end. Woo, this gay movie really impressed me. A story of true beauty for all gay people. True gay friends are hard to find especially when you are young.
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