What immediately draws you into the film, The Conrad Boys, is not the gay theme but the back story of central character, Charlie Conrad, played by Actor, Writer, Director and Producer Justin Lo. Nineteen Year old Charlie, on the verge of finally leaving for college and his own dreams to pursue, finds himself with the sudden death of his single mother and very young brother Ben to take care of by himself.
An absentee, alcoholic father shows up…sober, wanting to make amends with the boys, but for Charlie it seems too late. Now enter into this mix a handsome, charismatic drifter with a checkered past, who Charlie is drawn to and what you have a compelling film to watch.
His youthfulness certainly is not a hindrance to his real knack for filmmaking.
This is really not a coming out movie because the character is out to his friends and I assume his family. This is about the courage to live openly, to forgive, and to allow yourself to be happy.
The film offers no easy answers and neat resolutions but it is hopeful. Charlie does not have to give up his dreams. He simply has learned what is important to him by the end of the film.
I hope you rent it.
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