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Boulevard was one of the last movies Robin Williams starred in before his passing, in the year of the film's release. I began watching Boulevard with this somewhat somber thought in mind. And somber I remained. A homosexual man lives a lie for 60 years, never truly happy. If that's not somber than I don't know what is. Calling this film somber is not to say I didn't enjoy the film- I did, but it didn't pack quite as much of a punch as I had expected.
Williams, playing banker Nolan, is quiet and reserved. As he fights what he has tried to make himself believe for five decades, he is pained and conflicted. These are deep emotions, ones that I wanted to feel, but Boulevard just didn't quite get me there. There is certainly emotion- Roberto Aguire, as the Leo, the young prostitute with whom Nolan becomes enamored, quite effectively portrays the confusion he feels, caught between simply an encounter with client and the deeper feeling he holds for Nolan. However, Aguire and Williams don't have great chemistry together. Or perhaps the problem is that we simply don't see enough of them together. Nolan, speaking to his wife (Kathy Baker), refers to Leo as "just someone I talk to." Unfortunately, we don't see them talking- just awkwardly staring at each other, as Nolan asks Leo to keep his pants on. He can't decide if Leo is a love interest or an adopted son.
The film's tag line is "It's never too late to make a U-turn." In communicating this idea the film is successful. Boulevard ends on a positive, hopeful note, if not one slightly anticlimactic.
Nolan Mack is sixty. Married to Joy, a charming and intelligent woman, friend to Winston, a bright literature professor, and well-regarded in the bank where he works, Noland leads a quiet uneventful life. But is he happy, as his superior at the bank once asks him...? One night, as he drives back home, he nearly runs into a gay hooker. Sorry for what might have happened, Nolan starts a conversation with the young man named Leo and ends up in a hotel room. Not for paid sex as Leo expects though. In fact, the polished old man has fallen in love with the raw prostitute. For, having been gay since the age of twelve, Nolan has never been able to express his sexual orientation and Leo happens to crystallize all his feelings and desires. But is a hooker the ideal object of a romantic love? And to what extent will it affect his married life and professional career?
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