Los Angeles Times Movie Review: “operatically exuberant and elegiac.”

Movie review: House of Boys

By Sheri Linden
Exulting in a seedy showbiz glow a là “Showgirls,” but with twice the gyrating and a lot more soul, “House of Boys” is a coming-of-age extravaganza set in the gay club scene of 1984 Amsterdam. Against the odds, the indulgent mash-up of sex, old-fashioned corn, romance-novel fantasy and AIDS tragedy is a mostly winning combo. The performances have heart, and a sorrowful tenderness courses through the self-described “fairy tale,” even at its kitschiest.

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