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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 ... 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:

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Opening Weekend USA:

$46,451, 27 August 2017

Gross USA:

$473,771

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$486,623
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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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Beach Rats Theme
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Real, but missing an "and...".
30 November 2017 | by aryugaetuSee all my reviews

Don't worry, no spoiler here:

I didn't understand the ending. I understood the confusion and struggles; been there. Whatever it was, it must be hidden under some artsy symbolism.

Should I have picked up on fleeting Sherlock-like clues? There were many things they could have used, I waited for them to tie things together, but it just stopped; just hung there like a gay man's rubber parts during str8 sex

The plot was too drawn out and could have easily been wrapped in a bow. It was all set for the shy, non-conforming, 3rd friend to fill the gap, meeting at the carnival. Watching fireworks together would have been too cheesy, but hearing them in the background as they played with the 2 (basket)balls and scoring would have been subtle symbolism. Such an ending would have given me happy tears (rare in gay centric movies these days). Was I suppose to notice if the guy's car is still in the lot to see if he made it out?

Not a spoiler because none of this happened, thus the low rating; nothing happened. It got 3 stars because we need more gay movies, but this is just 1 step above "all gays die in the end" by proving "all gays have unhappy, confusing, drug and alcohol abusing lives". That's just the plot, no spoiler ending...because there is none I could see.

I'm gay (since the days it was labeled a TV freak show disease, all gays in movies were either killed or were a cheap comic relief character as "sissies"), I didn't get the ending in Beach Rats. Then again, I didn't like the ending of "Brokeback Mountain": Gay assault, brief gay sex that looks more like rape, homophobia and closets are OK if a gay man is allowed to eventually cry for a minute.

Brokeback Mountain: Crappy middle, OK ending. Beach Rats: OK middle, bad ending.


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