DVD Review - Akron
Matthew Frias plays Benny Cruz, a pre-med student at the University of Akron who is of Mexican descent. Edmund Donovan plays Christopher Welling, a fellow college student who says he's studying arts and sciences rather vaguely. Christopher is a tall, chiseled, white guy who meets Benny in an open field where a group is playing a game of touch football that they call "mudball." Each claims to be impressed with each other's moves, but O'Donnell never shows much of the game, so that connection between the two rings hollow.
It's almost as if Benny never really loved his brother. His brother's death was a long time ago, but we're supposed to buy that Benny and Christopher are so in love without either of them having a conversation where this significant moment or either person's family is discussed. The montage just shows them smiling at each other. We assume that their romance is built on nothing but cute looks, not on either getting to know each other.
Christopher says he likes talking to smart people, but O'Donnell never proves that. We never see the two boys having a smart conversation. The only thing we get is that the two boys are in lust with each other. Their physicality is the only proof or evidence of their attraction. We get not much more, so when Benny's parents come down against the relationship, I don't believe why Benny would struggle, weighing his family's heartache with his own lust.
It's a bit of a cop-out that Benny seemingly has no feelings for his dead brother. It's a bit of a cop-out that Christopher is angry at his mother. There aren't many stakes in the relationship between the two. There isn't much depth in their relationship either. It's purely physical. The reasons for their love beyond physicality is never made clear.
Not Rated but contains sexual situations and language.
Running Time: 1 hr. and 28 mins.