Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars in this powerful, independent movie of pre-adolescent boys taking diverging paths when sexually abused by the same man. Brian and Neil (first played by George Webster and Chase Ellison, then later, by Brady Corbet and Joseph Gordon-Levitt) are team mates of the same little league baseball team who become prey to their coach. Brian buries the abuse in a fantasy of alien abduction while Neil grows into a small-time male hustler, using his sexuality to get what he wants from older men.
There’s no mystery here for Joseph Gordon-Levitt, five-and-diming his sexual wears to men throughout the film. From shirtless shots to full nudity, he’s proving to be our scantily clad go-to actor. He’s receiving our full Oscar knob for this boy-gone-bad portrayal.