Beach Rats (2017): Eliza Hittman’s Underrated Film (LGBTQ Cinema; Women in Film)

The gay-themed drama, Beach Rats, well directed by Eliza Hittman, world preiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Fest.

Harris Dickinson delivers a stellar performance as a Brooklyn teenager named Frankie, who’s trapped in his family’s basement as he struggles with establishing his sexual identity.

Frankie spends his time with his new girlfriend (Madeline Weinstein), and his friends. Late at night, he chats with older men on the Internet, whom he meets up for sex and drugs.  Frankie does not, however, identify as bisexual or gay to his girlfriend, male friends–and to himself.  He’d just a guy who “happens to have sex with men.”

Frankie attempts to compartmentalize his life by having sex with older men, sort of a “side” activity.  But who’s fooling?

As the story unfolds, Frankie’s situation becomes increasingly difficult to navigate.  He moves around the area, running into his friends and older men them, sometimes even luring them to meetings for drugs.


Neon release

Domestic box office: $473,000.


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