Kimberly Pierce's (Stop-Loss, the upcoming "Carrie" remake) absolutely, astonishingly riveting and life-affecting first film, Boys Don't Cry, debuted in late 1999, when the 1993 murder of real life transexual Nebraska teenager, Brandon Teena, was still fresh in the American conciousness. Now, the film is nearly fourteen years old, and it still remains one of the most heartwrenching, brutal, cold, and, ultmately, powerful and uplifting drama's to ever proudly brace the indie scene. Hilary Swank stars as Brandon Teena, a young woman living in rural Nebraska who is experiencing what you would call, a sexual identity crisis. She doesn't even think of herself as a transexual. She just likes to dress, act and live her life as a male. After a particularly ugy early scene with some locals and an argument with her cousin, she ends up in Falls City, Nebraska. There, she makes friends with several people, most of them linked to one family, including John Lotter (Peter Sarsgaard), Tom Nissen (Brendan Sexton III), Candace (Alicia Goranson) and Lana Tisdel (Chloë Sevigny). Now, at first, things are great in Brandon's new life. She hangs out constantly and particularly with John, Tom and Lana. But, as she discovers just how dangerous it is to be involved wth John and his group of friends, she also discovers the dangers of falling in love with Lana, who is close wth John. Now, Hilary Swank conveys a perfrmance that will knock you down to the ground, warp your brain around about what people think about the nature of a transexual person, and it will leave you shaking and reveling. But, at the same time, it is nothing less than absolutely, nerve-shatteringly brutal about what ends up happening to Brandon, after the family finds out about her identity, and John and Tom end up brutally and horrifically raping her in a scene that will be too much for virtually any viewer to take. But, it is also in the power of Chloe Sevigny, who also deserves much praise for her performance as Lana, who, as the film progresses, acts as a sort of fall-back person for Brandon to lean on, in the end giving her enough strength to carry on, even if, tragically, it wouldn't be for much longer. Now, Kimberly Pierce should be grandly lauded for what she had accomplished at the time, back in 1999, for the total life-changing experience that she had made for reportedly under a two million dollar budget. She uses her camera as not a device of glorifcation, but of a cold, sad, gut-shatteringly real look at what somebody had to go through, and, in this respect, she deserves even more credit for actually making a film that can help teenagers, and anyone, really, dealing with the same problems that Teena delt with. In the end, really, it is entirely mean't to be positive. Now, this film is Rated R, but parents truly need to know that is a film that will be more powerful than nearly anything else that either them or there children would ever encounter in there lifetime, and it skates the edge of the NC-17 Rating so closely, that it basically embraces it: Boy's Don't Cry features a stifling amount of story-accurate and uncomfortable stong graphic sexual content and nudity, incluing several lesbian sex scenes including much nudity of breasts, buttocks, and crotches, and, of course, in the form of horrific violence, the brutal and utterly heart-wrenching rape scene. Also, connecting to the field of violence, there are also a few brutal murders and shootings, with gallons of blood on display. Also, there is an incredible amount of alcohol consumption, drinking and drug use in this film, on display in what seems like virtually every scene. And, finally, there is relentless strong language, including hundreds of uses each of f--k, sh-t, b-tch, h-ll, d-mn, g-dd-mn, d-ke, f-gg-t, and more. Boy's Don't Cry is a film that carries with it an astonishing array of sadness ad powerful ideas, but, as such, while it may actually play well with teens who will understand the themes and situations that Teena wen't through, be advised that it is extremely explicit in nearly every way, and is asolutely, under no circumstances what so ever, a film that the faint of heart should ever watch. You have been warned. Reccomended.