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Boys Don't Cry

Boys Don't Cry
Boys Don't Cry
Boys Don't Cry
  • R
  • 1h 58m
  • 1999
Certified Fresh88%
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Hilary Swank won an Oscar® for her courageous performance as Brandon Teena, born Teena Brandon, a woman who chooses to live her life as a man and suffers tragic consequences.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Certified Fresh88%
Critics Consensus: Harrowing yet stirring, Boys Don't Cry powerfully commemorates the life -- and brutally unjust death -- of transgender teen Brandon Teena.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Excellent but brutal drama examines life of transsexual man.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film contains a lot of potentially upsetting material, and should be reserved for mature teenagers. There is a brutal sexual assault, a graphic murder, and a depiction of an emotionally abusive family. There are several non-violent sex scenes as well, involving the main character, a female-to-male transsexual. And there is plenty of substance abuse (pot and alcohol), petty crime (theft, car chases, forgery, etc.) and strong language, as well as an intense discussion of self-cutting. While the film is sympathetic to Brandon, some characters express strong homophobia sentiments which may be especially disturbing to gay, lesbian or transgendered teens.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:October 8, 1999
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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