Harry And Max

on February 18, 2005 by Annlee Ellingson
By the time director/writer/producer Christopher Munch shot his follow-up to "The Sleepy Time Gal" in 2003, 'N Sync's Justin Timberlake had already gone solo and 98 Degrees' Nick Lachey had gotten hitched. So the set-up wherein 16-year-old Max is a tween idol following in his 23-year-old brother Harry's boy-band footsteps feels a little dated. But that's the least of this film's challenges, because, as well as being brothers, Harry and Max are lovers.

It's not the taboo-busting subject matter that's the problem. Indeed, among much more controversial behavior, similar themes are touched on in Edward Albee's Tony Award-winning "The Goat or, Who Is Sylvia?." But here the blurred boundary between intimacy and sexuality--as one character puts it, "Just because we all like each other doesn't mean we have to f----"--isn't broached with the sensitivity and maturity that it demands. Starring Bryce Johnson, Cole Williams, Tom Gilroy and Rain Phoenix. Directed and written by Christopher Munch. Produced by Roni Deitz and Christopher Munch. A TLA release. Drama. Unrated. Running time: 74 min

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