Parallel Sons

  • 1996
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Seemingly out of nowhere comes this thoughtful and remarkably mature first film by director John G. Young. Twenty-year-old Seth Carlson (Gabriel Mann) is a white B-boy wanna-be whose blonde dreadlocks, hip-hop style and love of gangsta rap and Malcolm X set him apart from the other residents of his white-bread, upstate New York town. Seth is also gay, and...read more

Where to Watch

Available to Stream

  • Watch on
Reviewed by Ken Fox
Rating:

Seemingly out of nowhere comes this thoughtful and remarkably mature first film by director John G. Young. Twenty-year-old Seth Carlson (Gabriel Mann) is a white B-boy wanna-be whose blonde dreadlocks, hip-hop style and love of gangsta rap and Malcolm X set him apart from the other residents of his white-bread, upstate New York town. Seth is also gay, and wants nothing more than to shake the stifling conformity of his small town, move to New York City and study art. His life takes a unforeseen detour the night he comes face to face with Knowledge (Laurence Mason), a real-life African-American who's just escaped from a nearby correctional facility. Intrigued, Seth hides the injured Knowledge in a cabin deep in the woods and nurses him back to health. Knowledge is suspicious of Seth's kindness and racial identification, but his initial antagonism gives way to respect and a growing love as the two men discover the ways in which they are surprisingly alike. One reason Young's film feel so fresh is that it's a character-driven drama filled with honest-to-God characters, each carefully drawn and extremely well acted. It's also what makes the film work as well as it does: Given the loaded race-sexuality subject matter, it could easily be strident. But Young lets character development subtly subvert stereotypes -- Knowledge doesn't fit Seth's idea of "black" any more than Seth fits any ready-made gay stereotype. What Seth and

Knowledge may be becomes refreshingly secondary to who they really are.

Cast & Details See all »

  • Released: 1996
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Seemingly out of nowhere comes this thoughtful and remarkably mature first film by director John G. Young. Twenty-year-old Seth Carlson (Gabriel Mann) is a white B-boy wanna-be whose blonde dreadlocks, hip-hop style and love of gangsta rap and Malcolm X se… (more)

Show More »

Trending TonightSee all »