An earnest coming-of-age movie that borrows elements from ORDINARY PEOPLE (as well as just about every gay-themed TV movie ever made) and bobs along on waves on adolescent self-pity and angst. A sort of Afterschool Special
with profanity, it glibly juxtaposes heterosexual and homosexual teen crises. After his father crippled himself in a car accident and his mom abandoned them, teenaged Van (Norman Reedus) grudgingly assumed the parental role in his household. Putting his college aspirations on hold, the resentful Van cares for his perpetually soused father and dabbles in petty crime with high school buddies. Without consulting Van, his pals store some stolen ...