1. Who decided to cast decidedly homophobic Goldie Hawn as the mother of a gay kid?
If you're trying to make gay mecca Key West gay-free, shouldn't you patrol for same-sex friendships, and give the kid a girlfriend (he does have a girl who's a friend)?
I know it's hot in Florida, and it's nice that all the male actors are barechested all the time. It's understandable, I guess, that the kid rides around shirtless, in Daisy Duke short-shorts. But why the nude butt, when the movie is R-rated, so gay kids can't even get in to see it?
50 years ago, preteens were commonly filmed nude in movies to signify their innocence. But this kid is anything but innocent.
He gives a good, understated performance, reminiscent of Chris Makepeace in Meatballs (although that's a completely different genre). He handles the gay-vague subtext with panache. One one expects him to have a long career as a serious actor, or at least some ecstatic "fave rave" articles in Tiger Beat. But this was his first movie -- he beat out 3,000 hopefuls in open auditions -- and his last. Maybe he didn't like acting.