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The Boys in the Band (1970)
by Robert Firsching review

This adaptation of Mart Crowley's stage play about a group of gay friends gathering for a birthday party seems quite dated now, but its wickedly clever dialogue and near-perfect pacing make it extremely entertaining. Although the literal translation from the stage results in somewhat static visuals, the ensemble cast is marvelous, particularly Cliff Gorman as the campy Emory and Leonard Frey as the snide Harold. One can forgive the film's concluding slide into self-loathing bathos as a product of its time, mainly because the rest of it is so witty and appealing, although claims that this is the gay Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? are not exaggerated. It's not a "feel-good" movie by any stretch, but it is perversely hilarious and quite a lot of shrewish fun.