Somewhere in New York City: Albert (Jon Wachter) is pretty much the
epitomy of a loser, an odd-looking vendor at a hot dog stand with a
shoebox of an apartment, no dreams for the future, no ambition, talent,
goal, nothing. Not even a girlfriend, proven by the porn posters on his
wall. The one woman he has the hots for is Lexy (Adrienna Gori), but Lexy
seems to just run from one mess into the next,and she seems to like Albert
mostly because he lets her eat for free at his stand.
though when Albert meets photographer Ivan (Theodore Bouloukos), who sees
absolute potential in Albert's odd looks and makes him his main model in a
series of erotic-to-perverted fetish photoshoots. Albert soon comes to see
photography as a great way to pick up girls, so he begs Ivan to teach him.
But apart from giving him his old Polaroid and a handful of promises, Ivan
does very little in that respect.
Then though Ivan has to leave town,
and rather by accident, Albert gets his hands on his studio keys ... and
from now on he poses as a professional photographer, and since his vintage
Polaroid looks positively exotic and he has memorized some of Ivan's best
lines, quite a few girls fall for him ... and it's only back at the studio
that it becomes apparent that Albert totally lacks the vision to be an
actual photographer, he knows little more than the bare basics, and
usually his shoots end with him pulling a plastic bag over his model's
head and suffocating her to death - the theme of his very first shoot,
actually, though nobody died back then.
Eventually, Albert gets Lexy to
pose for him ... but in the meantime, Ivan's assistant Jackie (Kathy
Biehl) has found out that Albert has used the studio for his own ends -
and things are just bound to come to a head ...
Lover Boy is a portrait of the underbelly of New York City, somewhat
in the tradition of high brow and low brow classics like Taxi
Driver, Basket Case, Maniac,
Abel Ferrara's early films, probably even some Factory movies and
the like - but that's not to say Bag Boy Lover Boy is a throwback
movie in any which way, or a pure hommage, it just manages to tell its
story using a similar backdrop as these movies of old ... and it's a
really good story, too, carried by dark humour and eccentric characters
alike, told in a way laid back enough to not gross the audiences out or
just going for the cheap joke, and it's brought to life by strong
Definitely worth a look!