The Boys in the Band Let's get one thing straight: The Boys in the Band is not, as the title suggests, a musical. But it is the most gay-cliché-filled movie… The Boys in the Band Let's get one thing straight: The Boys in the Band is not, as the title suggests, a musical. But it is the most gay-cliché-filled movie…
Movie on DVD Review

The Boys in the Band (2008)

The Boys in the Band | The Boys of Boys : Still relevant after more than three decades
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The Boys of Boys: Still relevant after more than three decades
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Nov 11, 2008; DVD Release Date: Nov 11, 2008; Movie Rated: R; Genre: Drama; With: Kenneth Nelson

Let's get one thing straight: The Boys in the Band is not, as the title suggests, a musical. But it is the most gay-cliché-filled movie ever. Not that there's anything wrong with that... This time capsule of camp is both revelatory and galling. Band captures a night in the life of nine gay men in 1968 NYC, where a birthday party devolves into a nasty WWho's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?-style parlor game of true confessions, revealing a deep sea of vitriol beneath the flamboyant surface. The extras nicely contextualize the play-turned-movie's making-of, but a commentary from writer Mart Crowley and director William Friedkin is oddly repetitive. Nonetheless, this heavy-handed relic of a self-loathing time proves surprisingly relevant — not to mention funny, disturbing, and deeply moving. A–

Originally posted Nov 04, 2008 Published in issue #1020 Nov 14, 2008 Order article reprints