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This fascinating story was based on real-life events (as documented in The Brandon Teena Story) that occurred in 1993 and ended in tragedy: Brandon's rape and murder by two of his supposed friends. Despite this horrible outcome, however, in the hands of director Kimberly Peirce (who cowrote the unfettered screenplay with Andy Bienen), Brandon's story becomes not oppressive or preachy, but rather oddly and touchingly transcendent, anchored by Hilary Swank's phenomenal, unsentimental performance. Swank inhabits Brandon's contradictions and passions with a natural vitality most actresses would refuse to give themselves over to. Brandon's deception is doomed from the start, but Swank's enthusiasm is infectious, and when Brandon starts romancing the sloe-eyed Lana (a pitch-perfect Chloë Sevigny), he finds a soul mate who wants to transcend boundaries and fated identities as much as he does. The last part of the film, when Brandon's true identity is discovered, is truly painful to watch, but in between the agony there are touching moments of sweetness between Brandon and Lana, who wrestles with the truth of who Brandon actually is. You'll come away from Boys Don't Cry with affection and respect for Brandon, not pity. --Mark Englehart
Hilary Swank performs delightfully in the role of Brandon Teena, deserving her the Oscar for Best Actress.
Its a true life story of Brandon Teena, a person with a sexual identity crises and how she tries to deal with the awkward situations that she faces.
We often go to "feel good" movies to see characters who really come through for one another when the chips are down.
briliant and sensitive portrait. salut the thousands of transgenders who have had the courage to live their own lives. shame forever to those who bully and hate. Read morePublished 1 day ago by R M Wright
Disturbing yet important story to tell. A must see! I'm still thinking about it a week later. Hillary Swank is simply superb in her portrayal of Brandon Teena.Published 9 days ago by Lesley
Swank did a fantastic job with this real-life, heartbreaking story. I think this film should be shown in every high school.Published 16 days ago by Christine R. Allen
Awesome movie, although a very sad ending to such a short and disturbed life.
Hillary Swank was perfection in the role of Teena Brandon.