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Beach Rats (2017)

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A Brooklyn teenager spends his days experimenting with drugs and looking online for older men to meet with.

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Eliza Hittman

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Eliza Hittman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harris Dickinson ... Frankie
Madeline Weinstein ... Simone
Kate Hodge ... Donna
Neal Huff ... Joe
Nicole Flyus Nicole Flyus ... Carla
Frank Hakaj Frank Hakaj ... Nick
David Ivanov David Ivanov ... Alexei
Anton Selyaninov Anton Selyaninov ... Jesse
Harrison Sheehan Harrison Sheehan ... Jeremy
Douglas Everett Davis ... Harry
Gabriel Gans Gabriel Gans ... Eddie
Erik Potempa ... Michael
Kris Eivers Kris Eivers ... Edgar
J.Stephen Brantley ... Jersey
Christian Whelan Christian Whelan ... Rough Guy
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An aimless teenager on the outer edges of Brooklyn struggles to escape his bleak home life and navigate questions of self-identity, as he balances his time between his delinquent friends, a potential new girlfriend, and older men he meets online.

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Rated R for strong sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 2018 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Flákaci See more »

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$472,368, 22 October 2017
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1.85 : 1
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Surprisingly, Harris Dickinson the actor who plays Frankie in the film was actually too fit to play the role before filming began. "I got there and, without sounding arrogant, director Eliza Hittman told me that I was a bit too in shape," he recalled. "She told me to kind of eat what I wanted for a bit, because it wouldn't be right. Frankie is amongst a community of people where going to the beach and having your top off is such a big part of summer, so there's pressure to work out, but also they're not quite hitting the mark in terms of being in top-notch shape. They'll do, like, chest and arms." See more »

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When we hear the father's voice on the answering machine he says the phone number beginning with a 941 area code. This is an area code for Florida. But the story takes place in New York. See more »

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Michael: In gay men, the pointer finger is almost always longer than the ring finger. In straight men, the ring finger is almost always longer than the pointer finger.
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Surprisingly accurate, almost tough to watch
18 September 2017 | by em85976See all my reviews

First off, by tough to watch, I mean that in a good way. The almost painful, questioning and awkward teenage years of a man learning, or trying to learn his sexuality and family fit with turmoil going on all around him could not be captured better. His "not (his) friends" don't seem to make anything easier for him, and his love interest isn't much better.

The one big difference in this film which in my opinion doesn't make it bad, just makes it unique to what is to be expected from many coming of age/life films around is that a majority of the movie is portrayed not by dialog, but by character demeanor, and actions. It is not a feel good movie, and it is not a re-assuring style film. It is as it tries to be a movie showing the hardship of being a teenage male, unsure about his sexuality or life in fractured times.

I would highly recommend this film if that sounds like your cup of tea, but if you like the more light hearted, or 'scripted' style of teenage life this may not be for you.

**Fair warning this film does have a fair bit of nudity, and drug use among others**


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