Based on actual events. Brandon Teena is the popular new guy in a tiny Nebraska town. He hangs out with the guys, drinking, cussing, and bumper surfing, and he charms the young women, who’ve never met a more sensitive and considerate young man. Life is good for Brandon, now that he’s one of the guys and dating hometown beauty Lana. However, he’s forgotten to mention one important detail. It’s not that he’s wanted in another town for GTA and other assorted crimes, but that Brandon Teena was actually born a woman named Teena Brandon. When his best friends make this discovery, Brandon’s life is ripped apart. –IMDb
A photographer, animator, and writer as well as a director, Kimberly Peirce made her mark in the film industry with her passionate version of a true-life tragedy, Boys Don’t Cry (1999).
Originally from Harrisburg, PA, Peirce also lived in Miami and Puerto Rico before heading off to college at the University of Chicago. Majoring in English and Japanese literature, Peirce subsequently spent two years in Kobe, Japan, doing photography. Merging her interests in storytelling and images, Peirce returned to the U.S. and enrolled in the graduate film program at Columbia University. While in grad school, Peirce became transfixed by the well-publicized rape and murder of Brandon Teena, a young woman living as a man in Falls City, NE. Peirce headed to Nebraska during the trials of the two men eventually convicted of the brutal crime, and befriended a court reporter who helped Peirce gain access to court documents. Fascinated by Brandon’s courage and imagination in re-creating his… read more
Such a horrible story is portrayed in a sugar-coated and manipulative way. The couple in this film did not stay together after Brandon's identity was revealed. The historical inaccuracy there sickens me. It's almost as if they took what was raw and despicable about this event and made it into a tacky 90s love story.