So I watched this movie the other day. I don’t really know if it’s the kind of movie one can like, per se, just because it’s such a downer… but I’m glad I saw it. Hillary Swank is amazing as Brandon; according to the movie’s imdb page, she dressed as and lived a man for a month before the role in order to really nail it. Apparently, her neighbors thought that her brother was coming to visit repeatedly when it was really her.
Anyway, so the one thing that bothered me about this movie was the title. Boys Don’t Cry. I know it’s a song The Cure and all, so it has value for that… but, taken at a literal face value, it’s kind of weird to think about. I say this because Brandon does cry in this movie, quite a few times in fact. Does this mean that he’s not a boy because he cries? Or am I just being too literal and serious (as usual) and really it’s not that big of a deal. Hmm. I don’t know, but it’s interesting to think about.
Despite this, I think it’s definitely a movie to watch if you’re interested at all in LGTQ(QQIAetccc)/trans issues.