Gay Essential Films To Watch, Kept Boy

The sophomore feature from director George Bamber is the darkly comic and slyly satirical Kept Boy. Adapted from the novel of the same name by Robert Rodi, the film tells the story of interior designer Farleigh Nock (Thure Reifenstein), whose long standing relationship with much younger boyfriend Dennis (Jon Paul Phillips) is hitting the rocks, leaving him to issue an ultimatum- get a job, or get out of the house. 

The relationship between the two is jeopardised further still by the arrival of Farleigh’s apprentice, who Dennis sees as a love rival- who he plans to get out of the picture by any means necessary, no matter whether it threatens to throw his own relationship on the rocks or not! 

As well as poking fun at the sugar daddy/baby dynamic of the pair’s relationship, the film is also a hilarious take on age gap partnerships, and whether or not they can work in the long term. One minute you’ll be laughing, the next you’ll be cowering behind your hands at the cringe comedy, as Bamber’s film takes pride in striking close to the bone with its relationship-oriented humour.

However, Kept Boy still makes for a perfect date movie – how can you not enjoy seeing a dysfunctional relationship when you’re in a happy partnership? There are plenty of laughs to be had in director George Bamber’s comedy, as well as plenty of tips on what not to do in order to keep your relationship going strong!

Kept Boy


“It gives us a glimpse into the life of individuals who hook up with older wealthier people to find stability.”
   The Geekiary

“A little sexy at times.”
   Big Gay Picture Show

Did You Know?

Kept Boy is George Bamber’s second directorial feature, following The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life Of Ethan Green. In an interview with Gay Star News, Bamber explained that script writer David Ozanich, adapted the coming out sub plot in Robert Rodi’s novel Kept Boy, to a theme more relevant to today’s culture. Review our Gay Themed Films Here

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Alexander Ryll
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