Gay Essential Films To Watch, Harry + Max

Max (Cole Williams) is a blond, sixteen-year-old teenage boy who is dealing with family issues and generally goes through life with arrogance and a holier-than-thou attitude. Preoccupied with vanity and trivial affairs, Max is deeply attached to the fame he receives as a result of his musical success. He is part of a pop music band that is widely-known and acclaimed. The young adolescent also wants to follow in his brother’s footsteps. The latter is named Harry (Bryce Johnson) and is a twenty-three-year-old man who is also part of a formerly renowned boy band. Unfortunately, his group is slowly becoming obsolete and forgotten by the general public.

Unlike his sibling, Harry is more reserved, patient, and always tries to resolve relationship issues constructively. However, he has his own shortcomings, including a serious drinking problem. He is not liked or understood by many, but he is comfortable being himself and is not afraid to show it. One thing he resents about his gay brother is that he does not visit him very often and they do not have a close relationship as a result. The two plan a camping trip together where they can have fun and spend some quality time together. But their trek takes an unexpected turn when the two brothers become romantically involved, despite Harry being heterosexual. Old wounds are brought to light as the two become more and more intimate and try to protect each other from the rest of the world.

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“Munch suggests that today’s gay youth don’t have immediate role models; he sympathizes with his characters’ fumbling toward adulthood.”
   West Side Spirit

Harry + Max is a brave exercise for the two leads to show off that they’ve got more acting chops than their TV roles have previously demonstrated.”
   Movie Gurus

“A companion piece of sorts to The Hours And Times, Christopher Münch’s directorial debut about a fictionalized rendezvous between John Lennon and Brian Epstein”
   AV Club

Did You Know?

Named by cinema critic Jonathan Rosenbaum “one of America’s most gifted independent filmmakers”, Christopher Munch is well-known for his unconventional approach and taboo subjects. Each of the five features the director has released have screened at the Sundance Film Festival. Harry + Max is no different, evoking modern gay stereotypes. Two years before its release, Munch produced another motion picture centered on disquieting familial relations (in this case mother-daughter) entitled The Sleepy Time Gal (2002). Review our Gay Themed Films Here

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