Film: Beach Rats

Opened: August 25, 2017

Directed by: Eliza Hittman

Starring: Harris Dickinson, Madeline Weinstein & Kate Hodge

In terms of script and storyline, this movie is uncomplicated. But the mess that the main character is living through creates more of a drama.

Frankie (Harris Dickinson) spends his summer trying to escape his family’s life in Brooklyn. While he’s starting a relationship with Simone (Madeline Weinstein), he’s also meeting up with older men to have sex. He’s unsure of his sexuality but keeps it a secret from those around him.

Some parts of the film feel a bit underdeveloped, like when Frankie loses his father and his relationship toward his sister and mother. But you’ll sympathize with his struggle to accept whom he is.

There are boring sections, especially with a lack of dialogue, but the runtime is short enough that they don’t last long.

Final say: Dickinson is great, but the rest of the film is subpar. ★★★☆☆

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