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Closer Than the Boy Next Door (1998)

Broken love. Phony families. Distorted dreams. For the twenty-something friends of Closer Than The Boy Next Door, the nineties are anything but slack. A hip and honest slice of life, Closer... See full summary »

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Bo Mehrad

Writer:

Bo Mehrad
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Cast

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Erik Bennett Erik Bennett ... Justin
Ellen Ferris Ellen Ferris ... Janeane
Michael Wharton Michael Wharton ... Alex
Lucy Chambers ... Max
Elna Miller Elna Miller ... Stephanie
Justin Curtis Justin Curtis ... Dennis
Mai Huynh Mai Huynh ... Emily
William Dean O'Neil William Dean O'Neil ... Mr. Gilliam
Kathy Garver ... Mrs. Gilliam
Eric Johnston Eric Johnston ... Dave the Waiter
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Broken love. Phony families. Distorted dreams. For the twenty-something friends of Closer Than The Boy Next Door, the nineties are anything but slack. A hip and honest slice of life, Closer Than The Boy Next Door explores today's big issues. You know, sex, careers, The X-Files. Justin is lost and lonely. During the day he hauls boxes at a warehouse to pay the rent. At night he scribbles in his notebook and wonders whether his creative writing degree will ever lead to something more. Justin's sister Janeane is an aspiring chef whose own self esteem issues account for her undying commitment to a creepy boyfriend and her inability to take that next career step. Along with their two best friends, Alex a suave, sexually exuberant DJ and Max a spunky, sarcastic journalist-in-training, Justin and Janeane search for meaning and satisfaction in their unstable lives. Soon their frustration draws these siblings together, closer than ever and they eventually find some answers in very strange and ... Written by Amanda Doss

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Sometimes love is closer than you think...

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 1998 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA

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Ugly Betty Productions See more »
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Color
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Good actors ruined in a twisted tale
29 August 2005 | by dcswede-1See all my reviews

When I watched this movie I thought that the director MUST have had a vision that I just could not get. I mean, the actors were good (Erik Bennett, especially, was very real to me, and played Justing with depth and spirit), but the pace was miserable, the camera work was choppy and the staging was weak. I figured that he was, through the pain of the pace, trying to make adult incest an even more painful theme to contemplate, but come on, how much more painful can it be!??!!? This movie is not what it might have been, but that is due to the director imposing himself on his actors and on his script in ways that bogged it all the way down.


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