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Herpes Boy (2009)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 24 October 2009 (USA)
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A social outcast with a facial birthmark finds his world flipped upside down after he posts videos of his quirky life onto the Internet and becomes an unwilling cyber-celebrity.

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Nathaniel Atcheson

Writer:

Byron Lane
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Byron Lane ... Rudolph
Ahna O'Reilly ... Christeee
Beth Grant ... Mom
Zack Silva Zack Silva ... Mike
Julianna McCarthy Julianna McCarthy ... Grananna
Michael Chieffo ... Dad
Octavia Spencer ... Rochelle
Larry Weissman ... Uncle Ted
Mary Chieffo ... Patch
Seth Stallings Seth Stallings ... Child Rudolph
Malcolm Ridley Malcolm Ridley ... Wayne
Adrian Kali Turner ... Blayne
Jeaneen Tang ... Angel
Melissa Lee Melissa Lee ... Child Christeee
Ethan Sharrett ... Funeral Director
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Rudolph Murray hates his life. He has a large purple birthmark on his upper lip and everyday he finds someone staring, pointing, or calling him names-like Herpes Boy. He makes videos for the Internet in which he rants about his quirky life and zany family, including his New Age mother, emotionally distant father, and grumpy grandmother. When his "actress-slash-model-slash-dancer" cousin re-edits his videos to make herself more popular, it attracts a huge new audience and makes Rudolph an unlikely-and unwilling-cyber-celebrity at the worst possible time in his life. Written by RudeFilms

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His birthmark isn't contagious... but his videos are viral!

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Comedy

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Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 October 2009 (USA) See more »

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Due to the very limited budget, Byron Lane had to do a complete rewrite on the script to scale down the scope of the film. See more »

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Poor Man's Napoleon Dynamite
24 November 2011 | by rkampelSee all my reviews

This movie tries to be quirky by ripping off the more successful Napoleon Dynamite. Lovable geek: check. Retro feel: check. Hammond synth soundtrack: check. The main difference however, is that the acting is really bad (the main character acts like a cross between Zoolander and Napoleon's Pedro), there is no discernible plot, the lines are too repetitive (how many times must he say he hates people) and characters are just too superficial.

I'm at a loss as to how the critics seem to love this movie, including the one who "didn't get" Napoleon Dynamite. I guess for once the bad movie ratings really do it justice.

I connected with this movie in one way: it made me hate people - everyone in it!!


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