Bag Boy Lover Boy (2014) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Andres Torres
Starring: Theodore Bouloukos, Jon Wachter, Kathy Biehl
Rated: UR/Region O/1:78/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Severin Films
In this “sincerely disturbing” (Indiewire) debut from co-writer/director Andres Torres, a slow-witted misfit named Albert (Jon Wachter, giving what HorrorNews calls “the best male performance in a horror film this year” sells hot dogs all night from the most unsanitary food cart in downtown Manhattan. But when he’s invited to become the new model for a manipulative photographer, Albert will be exposed to a seething city underbelly. It may shock you. But you have never seen anything quite like BAG BOY LOVER BOY.
Bag Boy Lover Boy is a film that will toy around with your emotions. On one hand, we have a lead that is a bit awkward and he day dreams of the girl he’s interested in, gets picked on by people sells hot dogs to, and overall seems to be the type of lonely guy that people keep taking advantage of. On the other hand, the guy is really weird. I mean we have a character that you will feel sorry for and be a bit freaked out by all at the same time. That means we have a great performance on our hands because the work turned in by the film’s “bag boy lover boy” Jon Wachter. He’s dragged into the world of erotic art but he’s there just be the cash cow to someone and is being placed on display as a freak. He seems to just want to learn the ins and outs of it all but it turns out he’s a bit closer to the edge than anyone thinks and when that comes to light is when we hit the darker moments of the movie.
This is a movie that does a lot of things really well. It becomes a character study that can be a bit hard to watch at times, not because of the film’s quality, but because it just takes some dark turns and even shows is some stomach churning moments on top of them. There’s are different kinds of strange when you watch a strange indie film, but this is the good kind of strange. It is well shot, packs good acting, and can just overall play with the viewer’s emotions time and time again. If you are into what amounts to a rather dark (and even funny from time to time) character study, you could have a lot of interest in a film like Bag Boy Lover Boy.
– Audio Commentary With Director Andres Torres, Actor Theodore Bouloukos and Editor Charlie Williams
– The Student Films of Actor Jon Wachter: GOT LIGHT and THE NEVER-STARTING STORY
Quality of Transfer: 97%