Boys Don’t Cry (1999)

Directed By – Kimberly Peirce

Screenplay By – Kimberly Peirce & Andy Bienen

Cinematography By – Jim Denault

Starring Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny & Peter Sarsgaard

118 min.

Whoa, this movie is a mix of unsettling and eye opening. It’s not unsettling that Swank’s character is a hermaphrodite, its unsettling that her character is a reckless one. Boys Don’t Cry is an excellent exploration of sexual identity but it also explores  a Nebraskan culture that few movies have ever shown.

Boys Don’t Cry may be about fifteen minutes too long but the acting in this movie will carry you through any moments of disinterest. It is hard to take your eyes away from Chloë Sevigny in this movie and Peter Sarsgaard shows why the man is still a regular player, but lets be honest, this is the Hilary Swank show.

Hilary Swank is unrecognizable. Seriously, during the middle hour of this movie I completely forgot that Swank was the actor no less a female! While her character convinces those around her that she is a he, she convinced me as well. Of course as the story gets back to her being a her, Swank eases up on her charade to bring the more feminine side of the character to light. This is a once in a lifetime performance and a well deserved is an understatement Oscar win.

If you haven’t seen Boys Don’t Cry, toughen up and strap this on.

God Bless America


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