Beach Rats

2017, Drama/Lgbtq+, 1h 37m

106 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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Empathetic and powerfully acted, Beach Rats takes a clear-eyed yet dreamlike look at a young man's adolescent turmoil. Read critic reviews

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An aimless teenager on the outer edges of Brooklyn is having a miserable summer. With his father on his deathbed and his mother wanting him to find a girlfriend, Frankie escapes the bleakness of his life by causing trouble with his delinquent friends and flirting with older men online. When his chatting and webcamming intensifies, he finally starts hooking up with guys at a nearby cruising beach while simultaneously entering into a cautious relationship with a young woman.

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  • Feb 02, 2021
    I'm making my way backward with Eliza Hittman's work and I simply adore her flair for observational drama, particularly about young people on the verge of change. She pays attention to what makes people tick in their most private moments with themselves. In turn, every minute detail in how they interact with those around them clicks in at a higher frequency. It's thrilling to understand so much without having much explained. Hittman only gets better at this with her following film and even though ‘Beach Rats' is not as focused and suffers from some repetitiveness, it's worth the trip.
    Marisol M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 26, 2018
    Yet another gay-themed drama about a teen's struggle with self-acceptance that belongs 20 years ago, with a silly, confused plot that doesn't really go anywhere and the kind of outdated and prejudiced view of homosexuality that you find in hundreds of films alike.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 15, 2017
    Far less complex than it tries to be but Harris Dickinson's performance is stunningly raw.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 28, 2017
    Over the past year, I've been questioning a lot about myself, like who I am and why I feel the way I do about certain things. Things like Moonlight. Why do people like it so much? I didn't hate it, but I didn't think much of it. It seems like society demands that you decide to either love Moonlight or not. I don't like being forced into such a binary existence. A lot of my peers tell me that it's a masterpiece, and I sometimes feel forced to go along with them just to fit in. I just want to be me and like the movies I like without all this pressure and sometimes full-on hatred. Anyway, that has absolutely nothing to do with Beach Rats, a film about a young man struggling with his sexual identity unbeknownst to his peers and family. It's pretty and pretty slow. As the trailer suggests, there are definite visual hints of Harmony Korine, especially Spring Breakers, and it shares a common setting with Kids. There's also a bunch of gay sex and man ass if that's your thing. Harris Dickinson in his breakout role does a great job at portraying a vacuous, pill-crushing millennial struggling with his sexuality, but the inescapable truth is that Beach Rats really is trying to be the white version of Moonlight with less visual flair and without the structural innovation or dynamic performances.
    K Nife C Super Reviewer

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