Justin Lo makes a strong feature film debut as writer, director and
star of THE CONRAD BOYS, a movie which he has described as being
about firsts, most notably first love.
Lo portrays Charlie Conrad, the eldest of two sons of an absent
Jewish father and a Chinese mother. When mom dies unexpectedly,
Charlie takes on the responsibilities of raising his younger brother
Ben (the appealing Boo Boo Stewart), abandoning his dreams
to attend Columbia University.
Charlie's life is changed one day when the impossibly handsome
drifter Jordan (Nick Bartzen) comes into his life by chance. They embark
on a tentative romance. Complicating matters is the arrival of Doug
(Barry Shay), their long-lost father who now wants to establish a
relationship with Ben. Further trouble ensues when someone from
Jordan's shady past realizes he has returned to town.
For a first feature, THE CONRAD BOYS is well-made and
engrossing. It does take a little while for the story to kick in but
once it does, the audience comes to care about what happens
to Charlie and his various relationships. He's torn between his
feelings for Jordan, his duty to take care of Ben and his ambivalence
towards his father. He and Stewart are believable as brothers and
he and Bartzen share a nice chemistry as well.
THE CONRAD BOYS proved to be a pleasant surprise and
marks Lo as one to watch.
Rating: B +
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