BOYS DON'T CRY
Release Date: October 08, 1999
Starring: Hilary Swank, Chloe Sebigny,
Peter Skarsgaard, & Brendan
Runtime: 116 minutes
Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Director: Kimberly Peirce
Producer: John Hart, Eva Kolodner & Jeff
Writer: Kimberly Peirce & Andy Bienen
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In Falls City, Teena befriends a reckless redneck named John (Peter Skarsgaard) and a karaoke singer named Lana (Chloe Sevigny). Everybody thinks Teena as Brandon is a guy, and Lana thinks the guy named Brandon is handsome. Soon, they are all out partying, drinking beers and even outrunning the cops. Teena eventually makes love to Lana, doing everything short of intercourse. Lana thinks she has found her man, and Teena declares her plans to marry Lana. When Teena misses a court date, the Falls City police finally catches up with her.
The local papers talk about the arrest of Teena Brandon. In prison, Teena tells Lana another lie, that she is a hermaphrodite. Lana lets Teena out of prison, but Peter and his best buddy decide to pull Teena's trousers down to see for themselves. When they discover Brandon is really a girl, they take her away and rape her. When she comes back to town, greater violence occurs, resulting in great tragedy.
Throughout the movie, Teena Brandon is depicted as a tragic figure. She's a loner, outrunning the law, lying to everyone about her true sexual identity. Yet, the movie seems to make her the hero and then the victim, where the men become aggressive criminals, bent on destroying spirits and life itself.
God or even religion is far from these people's lives. This is reflected by their dirty, disheveled lives. They seem to cover over every pain with the mantra, "Here, have a beer." Lana wears not one but two crosses, but to no consequence. Thankfully, John and his rapist friend aren't portrayed as Christians.
Though BOYS DON'T CRY doesn't have some of the more rude elements of a highly defined lesbian agenda like BETTER THAN CHOCOLATE, it turns the audience's sympathies toward Teena. Teena is lost and needs help, but she doesn't need a hug that only sends her off again to pursue her errant ways. She needs redemption. BOYS DON'T CRY but Christ does over our willful rebellion that prevents us from being all that He created us to be.