The reviews are in, and the coming-of-age drama Beach Rats is being hailed as a must-see film.
The film’s bio reads: “Frankie escapes the bleakness of his home life by causing trouble with his delinquent friends and flirting with older men online. When his chatting and webcamming intensify, he finally starts hooking up with guys at a nearby cruising beach while simultaneously entering into a cautious relationship with a young woman. As Frankie struggles to reconcile his competing desires, his decisions leave him hurtling towards irreparable consequences.”
We have yet to see the film, so we’re relying on the experts and they’re coming back with rave reviews.
Here’s what critics are saying about Beach Rats:
“I don’t really know what I like,” Frankie (Harris Dickinson) says to a man he meets on a gay hookup site in “Beach Rats.” He repeats variations on that phrase throughout the film, and part of what’s refreshing about Eliza Hittman’s sophomore feature is that the character’s confusion isn’t limited to coming out.” – The New York Times
British actor Harris Dickinson gives a smashing breakthrough performance in Beach Rats. Writer-director Eliza Hittman crafts a film of erotic heat and piercing delicacy. Even when the plot gets contrived, the emotions stay true. At 19, Frankie can’t understand his own emotions, much less articulate them to himself or his family. – Rolling Stone
Between Moonlight and the upcoming Call Me By Your Name, some are calling this the golden age of gay coming-of-age cinema; Beach Rats’ slow pacing and dreamy verité style doesn’t feel made for quite that level of mainstream appeal. But still it gets under the skin, and stays there. – EW
Like Beach Rats overall, the ending is a reminder of what can happen when a director trusts us enough not to offer easy takeaways and psychological absolutes. What happens when a character who doesn’t know what he wants loses control over what little understanding he already has? It’s a crisis, and a risk, and Beach Rats navigates both with the best of them. – The Ringer
Check out these three new clips from Beach Rats:
The first of the clips show Frankie in the aftermath of a hook-up with an older guy.
In the second called “That Girl,” Frankie confronts his ex-girlfriend after he spots her on the beach.
In the final clip titled “That’s Gay,” Frankie asks a female friend whether she has ever kissed another woman.