The Mudge Boy Maybe the sad protagonist in the 2003 Sundance lab-bred indie The Mudge Boy could hang out with the owlish, melancholy kid from "Valentin." Emile Hirsch… The Mudge Boy Maybe the sad protagonist in the 2003 Sundance lab-bred indie The Mudge Boy could hang out with the owlish, melancholy kid from "Valentin." Emile Hirsch… 2004-05-07 Unrated PT94M Drama Emile Hirsch Richard Jenkins Vincent D'Onofrio Thomas Guiry Strand Releasing
Movie Review

The Mudge Boy (2004)

MPAA Rating: Unrated
Emile Hirsch, The Mudge Boy | FOWL TEMPERED Connection eludes lost soul Duncan Mudge (Hirsch), who bonds with a pet chicken in melancholy drama ''The Mudge Boy''
FOWL TEMPERED Connection eludes lost soul Duncan Mudge (Hirsch), who bonds with a pet chicken in melancholy drama ''The Mudge Boy''
EW's GRADE
C-

Details Limited Release: May 07, 2004; Rated: Unrated; Length: 94 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Emile Hirsch and Richard Jenkins; Distributor: Strand Releasing

Maybe the sad protagonist in the 2003 Sundance lab-bred indie The Mudge Boy could hang out with the owlish, melancholy kid from ''Valentin.'' Emile Hirsch (''The Girl Next Door'') gives 14-year-old Duncan Mudge a fine, spongy center of dead-mother longing. But really, what can we make of an oddball farm kid who comforts himself by dressing in his late mama's clothes and likes to pop the head of his live pet chicken into his mouth -- to soothe both himself and the flustered fowl? Duncan's taciturn father (Richard Jenkins) is understandably unsettled by his strange son; Duncan's sexually confused friend (Tom Guiry) is angrily aroused by him. It's not the homosexuality that's dubious here, it's the chicken.

Originally posted May 05, 2004 Published in issue #765 May 14, 2004 Order article reprints
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