Fox Searchlight Pictures | Release Date: October 8, 1999
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YoonC.Sep 14, 2003
It purports to be about sexual intolerance but doesn't the heroine of the movie really put herself in danger by hanging out with deranged thugs? Imagine a white kid who wants to be black, fakes it, and chooses to hang out with the most It purports to be about sexual intolerance but doesn't the heroine of the movie really put herself in danger by hanging out with deranged thugs? Imagine a white kid who wants to be black, fakes it, and chooses to hang out with the most dangerous and psychotic elements of black community. If he's outed, of course he's going to be hurt, even killed. Not that violence is ever justified but when stupid people take really dumb self-destructive risks, I can't help them. I'd rather worry about people who are victims of trouble they don't eagerly seek out. Hilary Swank is never convincing or compelling as Teena Brandon and the movie relies on the oldest trick in the book to push its moral message: Teena is somewhat attractive, her tormenters are sweaty, swarthy boors. Not too far from the good/bad dynamic in Indiana Jones movies. Expand
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