Beach Rats

Beach Rats

DVD - 2017
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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.
Publisher: Universal City, CA :, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1,rda
1 videodisc (98 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches


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May 23, 2018

I thought this would be better than it was. I felt like it was trying to be "moonlight" but wasn't quite good enough to be at that level. The lead was a good actor... subtle and believable but the story wasn't interesting and the movie felt slow. It's okay, but not the best.

Feb 12, 2018

Given how fully dominant the Hollywood blockbuster is, I'm always interested in smaller, overlooked films that are rooted in the DIY/indie world. These films were able to flourish in the 90s, but now either never make it to theaters or vanish quickly. 2017's "Beach Rats" is, in some ways, a typical aimless teen movie. Four friends hang out in Brooklyn, go to the beach, do drugs, play handball, etc. The protagonist, unbeknownst to his friends, meets older men online for sex, even though he also pursues a girl. I wish I were more interested in the guys, but they're all pretty dull, and I couldn't really feel much for them. It's filmed in a loose, verite style with some lyrical and poignant moments. A better handling of drifting, bored teens was "American Honey." Written and directed by Eliza Hittman.

Jan 01, 2018

This film captures the confusion and identity crisis of a teenager who is gay, but clearly does not want to be. The homophobia of his friends does not help the matter. I would have liked to have seen him speak with someone who could help him through the process.

Dec 22, 2017

I'm really thankful that the public library has movies like this. There is a kid somewhere struggling with his identity and can relate to this character. Kudos to the library. And to that kid who may be reading this, trust me when I say, it DOES get better!!

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