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Beach Rats (2017)

R | | Drama | 23 January 2017 (USA)
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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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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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A Potent Slice-of-Life Film
31 August 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Beach Rats" is a simple, sometimes dreamlike independent film centered around a college-age man named Frankie, who is spending a summer living with family in Brooklyn, NY. The film follows his relationships with his group of male friends and his girlfriend, as well as his affinity for older men as he explores his sexual orientation.

The film is often haunting in a minimalistic sense, using a simple but effective score to create its well-crafted tone. Moving at a leisurely pace, the plot is quite simple to follow--although the storyline does occasionally take turns that the viewer may not expect. The acting is generally strong throughout, and such care to the film's performances by the director and cast are evident from the beginning. The raw nature of the tone adds to the gritty believability of the narrative, which is an impressive feat to pull off. As a result, the story is generally quite compelling--even though it may seem somewhat repetitive to viewers at times in the first two acts.

Equally solid is the film's cinematography, which aims for simple but powerfully realistic shots. Low-key but beautiful and fairly lengthy takes of scenes at Brooklyn neighborhoods and the beach are particularly noteworthy here. While you are drawn in to empathize with Frankie from the beginning, the film unfortunately drops off a little bit and feels rather derivative in the second act. This would be the main reason why "Beach Rats," while a well-made film, is also an imperfect one. Viewers could be forgiven for mildly losing interest while watching the middle section of the film, but I personally was not bored and remained engaged in the storyline. Just when one might think the story is about to teeter out, however, it builds to an emotional, melancholy and highly thought- provoking finale. 7/10


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