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Game Boys (2008)

Scott and Ray are two old school video game geeks who spend the majority of their days playing Nintendo and reminiscing about the '80s, but when Scott is dumped by his girlfriend, the two ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brad Jones Brad Jones ... Scott
Alex Shryock Alex Shryock ... Ray
Bianca Queen Bianca Queen ... Sally
Jake Norvell Jake Norvell ... Steve
Nick Foster Nick Foster ... Art
Jerrid Foiles Jerrid Foiles ... Carter
Mike Rudolph Mike Rudolph ... Richardson
Sarah Gobble Sarah Gobble ... Andrea (as Sarah Lewis)
Tori Zimmerli Tori Zimmerli ... Nora
Brian Irving Brian Irving ... Virtual Boyd
Jillian Zurawski Jillian Zurawski ... Dani
Samantha Allen Samantha Allen ... Brenda
Jonny Love Jonny Love ... Buford
Russ Harrington Russ Harrington ... Philip M. Wiswell
Robert Shankland Robert Shankland ... TV Repairman
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Scott and Ray are two old school video game geeks who spend the majority of their days playing Nintendo and reminiscing about the '80s, but when Scott is dumped by his girlfriend, the two devise a plan to take Scott's mind off of the drama. With the help of their friend Steve, the boys seek out the rare Atari porno game "Custer's Revenge" in an attempt to hold a contest to see who can get past 5000 points, all while Scott desperately tries to woo the attention of Sally, the beautiful game store employee. Written by anonymous

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For those who need 8-bits. And nothing more.

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 2010 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Springfield, Illinois, USA

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$10,000 (estimated)
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Color

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1.618 : 1
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Brad Jones: [reference to Caligula (1979)] The poster for the film is seen in Steve and Nora's home. The room is actually the same as Ron's room in Midnight Heat (2007), which also had the same poster on the wall behind Ron. See more »

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[first lines]
Scott: I taught you how to play this several times. It isn't that fucking hard!
Ray: What do you mean it's not hard? There's nothing self-explanatory about the fucking thing.
Scott: But I've showed you how to play it. You've seen me beat it. You know exactly what to do in the game!
Ray: No, I don't. The pits! The fucking pits! I rise out of the fucking pits, and guess what? I fall right back down, and it happens again, and again, and again, and, and then, then I go and I fucking die! This game is pure ...
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A video game style movie that isn't action filled but yet great!!!!
24 September 2011 | by moviefreak2010See all my reviews

3 1/2 out of 4 points

NOTE: Movie is only available on thecinemasnob.com.

The first time I've discovered Brad Jones, the writer-director and star of GAME BOYS was through Doug Walker's film KICKASSIA who played his internet show character The Cinema Snob. Since then, I've been a admirer of his show. It's only been a couple of months when I discovered Brad Jones the filmmaker with his films FREAK OUT, CHEAP, MIDNIGHT HEAT, and this film. The only other film I saw was CHEAP but I look forward to seeing the others.

But I look up about what all the movies are about and its safe to say that Jones' GAME BOYS is the most innocent and romantic of all his films. He steps away from the sleazy exploitation films for once to create this work of gem that can be recommended to those who are nostalgic about video games or particular...bad nostalgic video games.

The plot centers around Jones as Scott and his best friend Ray (Alex Shryock) as they like to do nothing but play video games, talk about video games, and buy video games from their local store. Jones befriends the cashier SALLY (Bianca Queen, also the producer of the film).

That day Scott is dumped by his girlfriend and becomes depressed. In order for Scott to get his mind off of things, Ray comes up with the idea of having a contest to whoever can get the highest amount of points on Custer's Revenge (which I never heard about till now).

Finding this game is going to be difficult so they search for the game. Meanwhile, Jones begins to have a romance with Sally and invites her to the contest as well.

The acting here is wonderful especially by Jarrid Foiles and Brain Irving who bring a lot to their roles. Jones and Queen's chemistry is very good and I wanted to see more of them together. Actually I never thought I say this but...BRING ON A SEQUEL.

Overall, Game Boys is an under rated gem from Brad Jones. The film is the most PG of all his movies even though all of the characters say the F-WORD like their passing out candy but it still doesn't take away from the innocent and warmness of the film. And trust me, after seeing CHEAP...this is a Disney film in comparison.


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