TOY BOY is a new Spanish thriller series on Netflix. The miniseries is about a male stripper who wants to prove he isn’t a murderer. Yes, there are elements of Magic Mike but it does get deadly very early on. Read our Toy Boy review here!
Toy Boy is a new Netflix thriller from Spain. It’s a miniseries with a pilot episode that is actually feature film length (80 minutes) and we’re in the crime-thriller hybrid genre.
The story is essentially about the male stripper Hugo, who wants to prove his innocence. He’s currently serving 15 years in prison for the murder of his lover’s husband. However, Hugo has absolutely no recollection of the night when this happened. Still, he knows he would never kill anybody.
Continue reading our Toy Boy review below and then head on over to Netflix and check it out.
Magic Mike meets murder
I know, I know, it’s a very obvious headline for a story of this kind. However, Hugo is a male stripper and we do get to see him “in action” from the very beginning. This cannot help but draw parallels to movies like Magic Mike.
What’s interesting is the fact that people keep referring to Hugo as a prostitute. Something I can imagine any woman stripping is also called. However, I doubt the word “prostitute” would be used. I can imagine a lot of other unsavory words being thrown around instead. Something which is aptly commented on as well.
Another movie, I should mention while we’re comparing Toy Boy to well-known titles, is 50 Shades of Grey. No, we’re not particularly going into BDSM or anything like that. However, before a man is beheaded and his headless body left burning on a boat, we do see Hugo and his “sugar mamma” Macarena at an orgy of sorts.
When I say “Sugar mamma”, Hugo would probably disagree vehemently. He is in love with Macarena (try not to think of the song every time you hear that name), while she is just having fun. Also, she is part of the Medina family. They are compared to the Kennedy family which should give you an idea of their clout.
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The Toy Boy series was created by César Benítez, Juan Carlos Cueto and Rocío Martínez Llano. All three have created other TV series in the past, so they’re quite seasoned at this kind of work.
The series consists of 13 episodes that all tend to be at least an hour long. The episodes are directed by one of two directors; Iñaki Mercero or Javier Quintas. Both have previously worked on various TV series, so they are very familiar with this particular format for storytelling.
To me, Toy Boy has a lot of dialogue-heavy scenes that pull out all of the energy set up by other scenes. There are many twists and turns (or just storyline elements) that you will have guessed way ahead of time. However, there should also be quite a few surprises as the series progresses.
It’s a certain style of thriller mixed with crime, drama and a lot of sexy and good-looking people. But hey, we all know this draws in viewers, so I say “Go for it!”. If this sounds like the kind of show you would enjoy, then do check it out on Netflix. I’m not really sold on it, but I am sure it will find many fans.
Toy Boy is out on Netflix in several countries from February 28, 2020.
Creators: César Benítez, Juan Carlos Cueto, Rocío Martínez Llano
Cast: Jesús Mosquera, Cristina Castaño, María Pedraza
After seven years in a Málaga prison, a male stripper is released pending retrial and sets out to prove his lover framed him for her husband’s murder.