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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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$472,368, 22 October 2017
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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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Tries to be daring but doesn't actually do anything...a sub-par effort
19 November 2017 | by manuelasaezSee all my reviews

I have seen many Gay themed films, the pinnacle being the German film "FREE FALL". Since watching that film, I tend to unfairly compare all future gay films to it, and I almost always come back disappointed. Unfortunately, this film continues the trend. The film is slow, it's often tedious, and when things do happen, all we are afforded is a haphazardly obscured glimpse which does nothing to dispel the stereotypes people have of the gays.

I have to admit that the only reason I watched this movie was due to the lead actor; the guy is gorgeous, has some talent, and does a great job working with his limited script. The rest of the cast is not so attractive, but the lead more than makes up for it.

I just don't understand what this film was trying to achieve, if it was trying to achieve anything at all. Was it a vanity project? Did the director meet this guy and decide to cast him solely due to his looks? I mean, what does a woman know about being a man struggling with his sexuality? This movie has all of the markings of someone that does not truly understand modern gay issues. She might have done her research, but it's a very poor effort on the creative teams part. These types of movies should be written by and directed by gay men, as the voices are more authentic. As it stands, this film comes off more as a side project from someone who wanted to prove that she understands "the struggle". News flash; you do not.

This movie was not properly executed and could have used some more time in the oven. The voices expressed were not genuine, and did not help in dispelling the various stereotypes people have about gays. The sole reason to watch this movie is to ogle the star. That's it. Enjoy his presence, but don't invest to much in the rest of this mess.


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