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Little Boy Blues

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Little Boy Blues

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Little Boy Blues

WHAT IS IT ABOUT YOUNG GUYS AND OLDER MEN?

"If my sixth-grade teacher had said, 'Let's step out behind the school for a makeout session,' I would have been all over that," admits actor-screenwriter Daniel Maclvor. "I never did approach him, but I wonder now if he was aware of my mooning." Precocious Emerson Thorsen, the lead character in Whole New Thing, which follows the 13-year-old's sexual awakening and hot pursuit of Don, an English teacher 30 years his senior (played by Maclvor, who also cowrote the script), has no such qualms. But Emerson is no standard queer-kid stereotype ("It's not about being gay or straight; those are just labels," Emerson says in the film), and this isn't just Another NAMBLA Movie. Unlike legions of other gay films that have tackled the touchy topic-from early examples like Death in Venice to more recent releases such as Gods and Monsters (although Brendan Eraser's character in Monsters is of age, if much younger than Ian McKellen's James Whale)-Whole New Thing echoes a whole new trend that puts an updated spin on the age-old issue of man-boy attraction, with Emerson taking on the role of predator and Don dodging his advances. …

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