Juvenile

Juvenile

MojibMojib   September 29, 2017  
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Juvenile

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It was due to premiere on March 4, at the 2017 Miami International Film Festival under its original title Billy Boy, but was cancelled late on, amid speculation that this was linked to the star Melissa Benoist having recently filed for divorce from her co-star and director Blake Jenner.
JUVENILE is a solid coming-of-age/thriller about escaping a life of crime and trying to get back in with the right crowd. This film is written by and stars Blake Jenner from Glee, The Edge of Seventeen, and Everybody Wants Some. Jenner does a great job proving he can be a leading man and write a clever screenplay as well.

The acting from the supporting cast seems very over-the-top with the exception of Melissa Benoist, Jenner’s real life ex-wife who plays his girlfriend in this film. Benoist does a great job of playing a complementary character to Jenner. If you get the chance, find this film and enjoy a great WTF ending.
The 25-year-old actor, best known for his work on Glee and in the movie Everybody Wants Some, wrote the script for the film and stars in the leading role. Blake‘s leading lady is Melissa Benoist, who he was married to while shooting the movie.
Adding to the awkwardness, the film contains plenty of steamy sex scenes between the former flames who met on the set of Ryan Murphy’s Glee. Still, it’s a puzzling move given the amount of sweat poured into the project, which marks Jenner’s debut as a screenwriter and was directed by Murphy acolyte Bradley Buecker. Together, Jenner and Benoist had raised more than $100,000 on Kickstarter prior to production. The festival also marked a homecoming for Jenner, a native of Miami.
The couple crowd-funded a portion of the budget for the independently-produced “Billy Boy” via Kickstarter in 2013. Last year, Jenner starred in the Richard Linklater ensemble comedy “Everybody Wants Some!!” and played the older brother of the adolescent heroine of “The Edge of Seventeen.”

The movie is no longer listed on the festival's website lineup. A message on the "Billy Boy" description of the festival's website said it was canceled "by the producers and sales agent of the film."

"We loved 'Billy Boy' from the first minute we saw it. It's a raw, intense and brave film that marks a dramatic direction in Blake's progression as a boldly independent-minded artist," Miami Film Festival executive director Jaie Laplante told The Hollywood Reporter. "We share the disappointment of Blake's hometown fans."

Jenner and Benoist married in 2015. She filed for divorce in December, citing irreconcilable differences. She co-stars in “Billy Boy” as a waitress who offers the protagonist a chance to redeem himself. The movie includes some sex scenes between the former couple.
“We share the disappointment of Blake’s hometown fans,” Miami Film Festival director Jaie Laplante told The Hollywood Reporter about losing out on the movie’s world premiere.
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