A.V. Club made a list of the 24 movies that are too painful to watch twice. Some of the entries are obvious (Requiem for a Dream, Irreversible). One of the entries is Boys Don't Cry.
Brandon Teena (Hilary Swank) is a bored young adult from Lincoln, Nebraska who goes to the small town of Falls City. Brandon starts a relationship with Lana Tisdel (Chloe Sevigny). But Brandon is hiding some secrets from his new friends. Once they're uncovered, the outcome is devastating.
Boys Don't Cry is a very well-acted movie. But much like Million Dollar Baby, which has Swank's other Oscar-winning performance, the third act is hard to watch. Also like her performance in Million Dollar Baby, Swank's part is very raw and real. Kimberly Peirce directs a painful portrait of someone who justs wants to be someone they're not and had to pay the ultimate price.
My Rating: ****1/2