Boulevard

2014

Action / Drama

54
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 49%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 56%
IMDb Rating 5.8 10 6905

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Robin Williams as Nolan Mack
Bob Odenkirk as Winston
Kathy Baker as Joy
Sue-Lynn Ansari as Precision Driver
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697.44 MB
1280*720
English
R
23.976 fps
1hr 28 min
P/S 4 / 12

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by gavondo 7 / 10

Boulevard (2014) in one word: Subdued

May contain spoilers.

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.

Reviewed by Prismark10 3 / 10

Coming out

Boulevard features Robin Williams in his last main role. He plays Nolan, a closeted homosexual man in a marriage of convenience who works in a bank. He visits his ill father in hospital, he hates his job and he is 60 years old and feels his life has been unfulfilled.

One night he nearly runs over a young gay hustler Leo. Nolan pays him money to spend time with him and soon becomes infatuated with him. Leo has money problems, drug problems and has a violent pimp. Nolan thinks he can straighten his life out maybe get him a job and does not realise he is being used. Leo after all is a male prostitute. He needs to do tricks to get money, he needs money for drugs. Both lives are on the verge of heading out of control.

Kathy Baker plays Nolan's wife. They sleep in separate beds almost live separate lives but does not want to be without him. Bob Odenkirk plays his friend who is worried about what is happening to Nolan.

Boulevard is a not a very good film, it is a very generic drama, too foreseeable for my liking. Twenty five years ago (see The Lost Language of the Cranes with Brian Cox) it would had been risky, daring and cutting edge but not anymore.

Williams gives a very restraint performance but it is predictable. You know he has bitten off more than he can chew with Leo, he will fall in love with him, try to make him change, improve his life but Leo will just go on to hustle.

For Nolan the even are cathartic, on the verge of promotion he realises he needs to change his life even at this late stage.

Reviewed by Martin Bradley 4 / 10

A missed opportunity

Robin Williams could do serious as well as funny, and brilliantly too, so long as the role was creepy, (see "Insomnia" and "One Hour Photo"). In one of his last films, "Boulevard" he played a closeted gay man in his early sixties who falls for a young hustler. There are no laughs here and the only thing creepy about Robin was seeing him underplay to the point where he seemed to be stopping in mid-sentence. This is certainly no "Good Morning, Vietnam".

Robin may have been a great comic and a fine actor with the right material but whether it was miscasting or just a lack of enthusiasm there is no real engagement with his character here and even at under 90 minutes, the movie drags. It's the kind of film that feels well-intentioned if a tad pretentious, existing in its own precious little bubble and one that is poised to burst. A good supporting cast, (Kathy Baker, "Breaking Bad" and "Better Call Saul's" Bob Odenkirk), are largely wasted.

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