MUN Cinema Series: Beach Rats
Thursday, Oct. 12, 7-8:30 p.m.
Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre, Avalon Mall
Beach Rats (USA 2017) 95 min Directed by Eliza Hittman With Harris Dickinson, Madeline Weinstein, Kate Hodge, Neal Huff et al. A deliciously sensual movie, BEACH RATS turns the male gaze back on itself with an anxious, moody intelligence. We are back in NY City, but this time in the beachside neighbourhood of Brooklyn, Coney Island. Frankie is a young man who hangs with other young men, all of whom inhabit a rather relentlessly unambitious lifestyle. They spend their time smoking weed and preening for each other through time-honoured notions of masculinity. But Frankie is also drawn to other men and he hooks up with them late at night, far from the homophobic eyes of his friends. The world of his family and friends is far too rigid to imagine alternative routes to adulthood, and so the film explores what can only be called the agonizing limbo of his 19-year-old identity. Late adolescence is a bitch at the best of times. British actor Harris Dickinson assumes the inarticulate longing of a Brooklyn teenager with uncanny credibility. That guy is going places—way beyond his character’s inchoate longing.
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