Risky and risqué, indie films have always been a home for bold, honest, and controversial visions of teens’ sexuality.
Eliza Hittman’s “Beach Rats,” opening this week after bowing at Sundance in January, is another notch in the belt of the sub-genre, a sensitive and often shocking look inside the coming-of-age of a young Brooklyn teen.
Erick Erickson has a great line about the culture war: “You will be made to care.” He means that the left will never content itself to live and let live.
Here’s an appalling but characteristic example of what he means: You Tube said on Sunday that it was investigating the simmering complaints by some users that its family-friendly “restricted mode” wrongly filters out some lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender videos.
Punctuated by some bad choices and an unnerving final act, “Beach Rats” embraces the full spectrum of teen sexuality, even when it’s not exactly alluring.
Lila’s desire to be, well, , finds her fixating on a local boy Sammy (Ronen Rubinstein) with a reputation, whom she doggedly pursues in hopes of striking up a relationship.
It is not the right of a transgender person or anyone else to decide what someone’s children can and cannot watch. But see, this is par for the course for the left, especially the sexual left: disempower parents so they can propagandize children. Made me think about pro-LGBT parents wanting to filter out religious messages that condemn homosexual conduct and extol the virtues of celibacy for same-sex attracted people who believe that I can change.
Christian and other conservative parents, if you let your kids watch You Tube without you at their side, you’re crazy. Even though I think that makes them narrow-minded, I see no reason why You Tube should not accommodate them.
Like the best of these films, it’s not all about hormones; it builds on questions about identity and desire.
But that’s there too, in sensitively crafted scenes that don’t skimp on reality.