“X” (Derek Magyar) is a male escort working in Seattle, retelling his story in the film Boy Culture, about how he had given up on love and settled on getting paid to have sex, until a mysterious recurring customer, Gregory, played by Patrick Bauchau, leads him on the path to restoring his faith in the meaning and importance of love.
In addition to this older man, X has a couple dozen other regular clients, whom he joking refers to as his “disciples”. He also has two roommates, Andrew (Darryl Stephens) and Joey (Jonathon Trent). X is sometimes tempted to pursue something more with Andrew in particular, who he finds extremely alluring. Joey openly hopes to gain X’s attention and affection, but is rebuffed at every turn.
Oddly, Gregory continues to book time with X, but refuses sexual interactions until X can admit a mutual attraction. Although X never does this, their time spent talking with each other leads to a re-awakening of emotions within X himself, which culminates in his decision to pursue his attract towards his roommate Andrew, leading to a humorous setting where they go on a road trip to attend Andrew’s former fiancée’s wedding.
“Shrewder than you’d think and not half as dumb as it looks.”
— Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide
“A slick and absorbing drama.”
— Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times
“A strong cast, formal visual style and cynical voiceover that propels the action help elevate this Seattle-set gay romp from the ranks of the stereotypical.”
— Ronnie Scheib, Variety
Did You Know?
Boy Culture is based on a novel, with a few important differences found between the two. It was decided in the film to set it in Seattle rather than Chicago, and to make substantial differences to the character of Andrew, including his ethnicity. The film is also noted for the careful eye of the director, who managed to turn what was an 18-day production cycle into a fully realized film. Review our Gay Themed Films Here