Boys Don't Cry | Chicago Reader

Boys Don't Cry

118 minutes

Kimberly Peirce's first feature (1999), written with Andy Bienan, tells the disturbing story of Teena Brandon (Hilary Swank)—raped and murdered in late 1993 for impersonating a man—as harrowingly effective agitprop against sexual intolerance and hate crime. It's a film with all the earmarks of earlier work by American independent producer Christine Vachon (Poison, Swoon, Safe, I Shot Andy Warhol, Go Fish). In some ways the story is about class as much as sexuality, and within this framework the actors do a fine job—especially Chloe Sevigny as Teena's girlfriend Lana.

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