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First rate drama, with an unforgettable and mesmerizing performance from Hilary Swank. Chloe Sevigny is excellent as well. Disturbing, tragic, thought provoking and not easily forgotten. Good style from director Kimberly Peirce. Good score, very well done.


This was a weird movie. It kind of dragged on for awhile. I can't believe the ending though. I really didn't like the ending. I didn't know until after the movie that it was a true story. I am kinda curious of what would of happened if it were a happy ending.


A very well made movie about a rather interesting and controversial issue. This true story follows a young girl who has a sexual identity crisis. She dresses like a man, tries her best (and does a damn good job) of making herself look like a man, passes herself off as a man to other people, and dates other girls.It was very hard for me to watch and made me feel rather uncomfortable, because it's just so different.

Hillary Swank does an amazing job and well deserves the Oscar she won for this role. The other actors in the movie aren't so bad either. The movie also has some good camera work and editing. The story is interesting and moving in some parts.

After I watched the movie, I was curious about one thing (I don't want to spoil the movie, so if you want to know what I was curious about, ask in comments), so I looked up the true story of these events on the internet. For the movie, they changed one critical part, which made some of the actions in the movie not make any sense whatsoever. Due to this, I had to lower the score a bit.

It was not a very enjoyable movie for me to watch, and I wouldn't want to watch it again, but that doesn't make it a bad movie. The movie was meant to make you feel uncomfortable, it was trying to throw these issues in front of you and spread a message of tolerance. It does these things very well, and I think it's a good movie that everyone should check out.

Hilary Swank won the Oscar for best actress for her portrayal of Teena Brandon. A woman struggling with a sexual identity crisis in Nebraska. Chloe Sevigny also stars in director Kimberly Pierce's incredible film which depicts Brandon's last tragic years. Highly recommended true tale. Very important film which has such a real atmosphere that it makes you feel like you are right there through it all.
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Worth seeing for Swanks performance, Sevigny is particulary good in her supporting role too. It is moving and terrible and heartbreaking. More fascinating by the fact that it is based on a true story. The message will stay with you although the film is forgettable. Which, if I had to choose, I think is more important. :)
Tonight I watched Boys Don't Cry. This is a movie I heard was really good, even though I didn't know what it was about, but hell I'll try watching anything if I hear it's good. I watched the trailer on the DVD before watching it and it looked pretty good. The back of the case doesn't tell you squat about the story.

Anyways, the film was good, very good actually. I was very suprised with it. Hilary Swank was great in it. Though everytime I saw the pretty graphic lesbian scenes in it, I couldn't help but think "damn I bet her mother loves this film" lol.

Chloe Sevigny was in this film as well, even though I can't stand this actress. I think she's nothing but an ugly slut. If you wana do some graphic sex scenes, you hire this chick. She's skanky and she's not that great of an actress. Though I was pleased with her peformance in this film, I still can't stand her.

The movie teaches a good lesson about hate crimes though, and it had some very powerful scenes in it. The movie was more or less a white trash soap opera, but a very good one at that. My only complaints were that the cinematography was pretty generic to me, but hey this is an indie film. Also, the movie had plenty of emotion, but I felt it could have done a bit better in that department too. The movie had some power to it, and it was memorable, but I felt the emotion could have been cranked up just a tad bit by Hilary Swank's character. I would have liked to have seen some more reactions and things from other characters after certain events as well.

I'm glad Hilary Swank got all those awards for this film though, because it was a very unique and interesting character. Good performances all. Great film.

8/10
SYNOPSIS:
Follow Teena Brandon as she becomes Brandon Teena and claims a new male identity in the rural town of Falls City, Nebraska. There, Brandon successfully pulls off portraying a man unbeknownst to the women he's dating, eventually falling in love with Lana. He also befriends Lana's friends John and Tom. At First, Brandon's new friends like him and treat him as a buddy. But when Brandon's sexual identity is revealed, the deception triggers a spiral of horrific violence that ends in homicide.

RATING: R for violence, an intense brutal rape scene, sexuality, language, drug use
RUN TIME: 1 hour, 56 minutes



REVIEW:
Boys Don't Cry starts off like most independent films, where you have to watch what's going on to get the story and pay attention to the character and who they are and what they're doing and saying. But this film redeems itself in the final 40 minutes. It's the 40 minutes that I think won Swank the best actress award back in 2000. Absolutely stunning.
The Grapes of Wrath (Ford, 1940): B+.
I haven't read the book, but is the story supposed to be about Tom or Momma Joat? The casting would suggest the former, but the movie itself, and the more interesting characterization would hint the latter. Mixed in with this distracting quandary is the too-convenient last chapter at the government regulated camp. If the ups and downs of life are indeed as haphazard as where your car breaks down next, then the movie's bitter indictment of the Depression doesn't taste so bad.

Rear Window (Hitchcock, 1954): A-.
Jimmy Stewart's saggy man breasts aside, I docked the movie a point because it shoots its wad faster a 16 year old boy watching scrambled porn. It reminded me of the clipped ending of North By Northwest, in that some of the key elements of the ending occur at a filmed/editing pace incongruous to the rest of the film. Is that the idea? Maybe, but it doesn't get me off any faster, and definitely not any better.

Slacker (Linklater, 1991): D.
Everything I hated about Waking Life, except without the pretty colors and Fun With Audio irony. Philosophic ruminations, while fascinating in college lecture halls and novel treatises, suck suck suck as cinematic keystones. Wait, scratch that, I've worked and played with these sorts of slackers in real life, and they're not any more interesting then either.

View From the Top (Barreto, 2003): B-.
First, I'd shoot whoever was in charge of the score, because it ended up being a pastiche of Top 40 Clear Channel masturbation instead of, you know, something good. Second, the movie managed to surprise me a few times, like the choice of how Gwyneth Paltrow deals with her setbacks and, of course, the catfight (me-YOW). No matter what the expectations (I basically came for a serving of Mark Ruffalo), a movie that makes me smile is worth a passing grade. Third, and finally, kudos to the costume designer. Anyone who can make Gwyneth look like she has a rack should get an Oscar.

Boys Don't Cry (Peirce, 1999): A-.
What Peirce gets wrong is how she chooses to spell her last name. What Peirce gets right is the atmospheric sense of danger from the first frame of the movie to the last. It's a bold choice, not unlike Patty Jenkins' choices in 2003's Monster, which raises the subject material to something truly cinematic. Taylor Hackford et al could learn a thing or two from these ladies. In the end, I was simply fascinated at just looking at Hilary Swank; it was like one of those holograms where under one light, she looks utterly feminine, but in another, like a runty man. That was pretty cool.


Directed by Kimberly Peirce
AO (for strong violence and sexuality including a brutal rape scene, and for drug content and language.)
116 min.
1998
Hilary Swank never fails to impress me. Her acting abilities and natural talent strike me in a way that very few actors or actresses do. It was very nice to have seen "Million Dollar Baby" with the class, see Swank win her much-deserved Oscar and follow that up immediately with "Boys Don't Cry". It has been many years since I have seen this movie and it is much more effective and affecting than I had remembered it.

Boys Don't Cry is a tremendously powerful film, simply because of the raw take it has on many important issues: bigotry, intolerance, prejudices, lack of family structure, the detriment of small town living, etc. While many of the kids and characters are hard to like in this movie, I found myself feeling sad for them: having no future, no guidance, no hopes and dreams of going anywhere. All they knew was that this small town was their lives and that was that. They have nothing to look forward to and they don't tolerate things that are "different". Brandon, played by Hilary Swank, would certainly qualify as different.

Hilary Swank's portrayal of Brandon Teena is simply stunning. Every once in a while, an actor puts forth a performance so incredible, so convincing that you actually completely shed any prior knowledge of this actor and see them only as the character they are playing. Swank's performance would be a perfect example of this: roughly 20 minutes into the movie or so, my view of Swank completely changed. Instead of seeing Hilary Swank portraying a real-life person, I saw Swank simply as Brandon Teena. Her actions, facial expressions and mannerisms were all completely convincing.

This was definitely a movie and role that deserved Oscars. I know that Swank won Best Actress, but I also think that Kimberly Peirce did a great job with the screenplay and directing of the film. It's even more impressive when taking into consideration how small the budget they were working with was.
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