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
Branch Call Number: DVD FICTION BEA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (98 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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Dolby Digital 5.1
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Aug 23, 2019

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self-acceptance that belongs 20 years ago, with a silly, confused plot that doesn't really go anywhere and the kind of outdated and prejudiced view of homosexuality that you find in hundreds of films alike.

Jul 08, 2019

I could not relate to this movie at all.

Sep 23, 2018

This dramatic film is about a young teenager whose father is dying and whose mother wants him to get a girlfriend, even though it is fairly obvious that he is gay. Frankie decides to start talking to men online, which leads him to a party cruise on the beach where he is actually able to meet up with them in real-life. However, in order to save face, he starts dating a young woman to throw everyone off while he figures things out. What this movie really had going for it was the way that it was filmed and how you could feel the characters emotions just through the way that the scene was filmed. With that said, it still felt like there were many missed opportunities to really push the movie one step further. I would rate this film 4/5 stars. @The_Reviewer of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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!!

Nov 16, 2017

Anyone remember that film Kids from 20-something years ago? Telly and his lisp and his pack of thuggy, droog-like friends? Unfortunately, Beach Rats has a similar feel, except with a gay-oriented theme and a somewhat older group of disaffected and aimless young adults. Frankie spends his days getting high, or attempting to score drugs so he can get high, and we're left to wonder about his sexuality...and his decidedly straight friends engage in some gay bashing, assaulting a gay man for a baggie of pot. There's a subplot about his dad dying of cancer (meanwhile, other characters are shown smoking like chimneys), but not sure that contributed much to the film overall. Felt too geared to the art house crowd. At least the young men are handsome, and liked Kate Hodge as the mom.

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