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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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USA

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English

Release Date:

25 January 2018 (Germany) 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 »

Goofs

When Frankie is asked if he's a cop by the guy he is meeting, the car pulls up with what appears to be New York license plates. After Frankie gets into the car and they drive away, the car now has Virginia license plates. See more »

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Simone: Two girls can make out and it's hot, but when two guys make out, it's gay.
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Beach Rats Theme
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A film that exploits the sadness of the closet
24 November 2017 | by Bayamon_HillSee all my reviews

It is a little shocking to see this movie in 2017. The desperate situation that the writer/director creates for her character as entertainment is so dark and frankly, cruel, that it offends me as someone who lived/lives with that desperation. Frankie is a typical street kid from Brooklyn in many ways. He and his crew don't have much to do, so they go to Coney Island and take prescription drugs to create mild entertainment. He's atypical in that he's capable of being pleasant and respectful, when necessary. He's also gay in a world designed for straight bros, and he lives out that part of his life on a hook-up chat website. This set-up is straight from a gay 1990's movie, when the AIDS epidemic was winding down and being gay was scary - queer films reflected that back then. Like those tragic movies of yesteryear, Frankie becomes more and more isolated by his choices and actions. He finds himself alienated from his friends, his family, his straight girlfriend, his potential boyfriends and himself. And then the movie ends. The writer/director is a straight woman whose artistic decisions amount to having a character put in a glass box that is slowly filling with water just to see what happens. It's cruel. I think the problem is that as gayness is more socially acceptable as a topic for film, straight people feel empowered to tell those stories but their conception of gayness is from the 1990's. "Brokeback Mountain", "Moonlight" and "Beach Rats" are all straight people's assessments of gay life, and man are they bleak.


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