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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.
I thought the story was compelling and Hilary Swank did an amazing acting job in this movie. However, I personally didn't like the love-making scenes between her and another... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Jean V.
This is a well-acted movie. I have two problems with it though: Hilary Swank was chosen to play the character who is a young trans man, and she played this part compassionately and... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Chloerose101
Based on a true story, I can understand that this may, in fact, have actually happened.Published 24 days ago by Sandra A. S. Ross