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A young gay man is torn between his rejection of his hedonistic parents and his own emerging sexual desires.

Not everyone gets to watch a video of his conception... or wants to. Thibodeaux (Mathew Lotto) sure doesn't, but such openness is the exasperating norm for

his parents, Hank (Donald Joseph) and Stormy (Gigi Guizado), whose nest he can't wait

to leave. What this young man thinks he wants collides with the hard reality of desire in the idiosyncratic, unrepentantly sexual comedy-drama A Lower Power - a gay coming-of-age story where the coming-of-age isn't about being gay.

When neither the geeky sanity of his friend Steve (Rafe Morgan Kossak), nor the advice of torturously heterosexual stud buddy Mas (Adrian Anchondo) provide an easy answer, Thibodeaux sets off on his own to college - where he hangs with bubbly Emmy

(Terri J. Freedman) and seeks a sexless social life. But Thibodeaux's chastity strategies meet their match in Todd (J. William McMichael), a cocksure biker and Old English scholar who teaches Thibodeaux the power of passion. Even as Todd unleashes Thibodeaux's appetites and old friends come back into his life in surprising ways, Thibodeaux's repressive reflexes connect sex to misfortune and humiliation - until his contorted logic drives away his friends and the mythic man of his dreams.

Propelled by a muscular original score by H.P. Mendoza (the writer/director behind Fruit Fly and Colma: The Musical), A Lower Power touches on questions of faith and the nature of luck as it tracks Thibodeaux's tunnel vision to the (literally) climactic revelation that his urges aren't nearly as dangerous as they would be if they were denied.


Reasons to Buy

  1. "Funny, engaging and believable, A Lower Power is a refreshing gay coming-of-age movie, smartly written and well-acted." Bob Green - Honolulu Weekly
  2. Has a terrific score from H.P. Mendoza of Fruit Fly and Colma: The Musical.
  3. The back DVD sleeve "warns": "This film contains nudity and sexual situations and is intended for adult audiences." We just wanted you to know.

Information

  • Director: Robert O'Geen
  • Writer: Tim Bland
  • Length: 1 hrs. 38 mins.
  • Rating: XXX
  • Released: Nov 15 2011
  • Added: Nov 03 2015
  • Production Year: 2009
  • TLA SKU: 1761494
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • UPC Code: 807839005998
  • Catalog #: DR3245663

Reviews

3 Reviews for Lower Power, A

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Review by Robert O'Neill

By: Robert O'Neill
In-House Review - Jul 23 2012
Cute, gay teen Thibby has parents who are a little too sexually progressive. In one of the film's earliest scenes, they show him the homemade porno during which he was conceived. They mean well, but their lack of boundaries has left Thibby very confu... Read More

Review by Dan

By: Dan
Cute story and actors, but don't fall for the adult warning on the label which TLA implies means "hotter than hot." If you consider a bare chest nudity, good luck, but there is no full frontal nudity in this film. There may even be a buns shot, but... Read More

Review by Amos Lassen

By: Amos Lassen
Thibodeaux (Matthew Lutto) is a young gay man who is torn between his emerging sexuality and his parents' rejection of him. Hank (Donald Joseph), his father and Stormy (Gigi Guizado) make life at home very difficult for him and he can't wait to leave... Read More

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