Review: Beach Rats (Eliza Hittman, 2017)

Writer-director Eliza Hittman made a splash on the festival circuit in 2013 with It Felt Like Love, an intimate portrait of a 14-year-old girl’s rush into sexual discovery. Her follow-up feature, Beach Rats, similarly deals with the sexual awakening of a teen, albeit with key differences.

The first is that the protagonist, Frankie (Dickinson, a Brit newcomer with a convincing Brooklyn accent), is an older male teen. The second is that he’s already well-versed in courting girls; what he’s navigating in secret, hidden from his boardwalk bro buddies and a potential new girlfriend, is an interest in meeting up with older men he messages online…

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