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Mysterious Skin
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Nov 16, 2005 By: Quigles
Mysterious Skin order
Director:
Gregg Araki

Actors:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Brady Corbet
Elisabeth Shue

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
The story centers around two young boys growing up. One of them is a psychotic homosexual man-whore, and the other is a confused geeky weirdo. Things that follow consist of lots of gay sex, child molestation, and aliens. And unfortunately, I’m not joking.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
If you like watching creepy guys perform disturbing sexual acts on odd little boys, then MYSTERIOUS SKIN is for you! Oh, what’s that? You DON’T like watching creepy guys molest little kids? I SURE HOPE NOT, because you f*cking shouldn’t!

On a purely technical standpoint, this film is incredibly well made. The acting is excellent, the directing is spot-on, and the script, despite the sick content and unrealistic dialogue, is very well formed. But none of that matters if the content is horribly unpleasant. Personally, I don’t like watching unbearably disgusting movies. Well, actually, that’s not true – I like watching horror movies of that nature, but that’s only because they’re also entertaining. MYSTERIOUS SKIN is just plain gross and disturbing; there was nothing I got back from it, unless you count the sick feeling I got in my stomach.

There are those of you out there who are scoffing at this review, arguing about how “deep” and “powerful” the film is and how “I’m missing the point”, which I wont argue, but I do question your judgment in defending a movie in which a little kid shoves his fist into his baseball coach’s ass. Too extreme for you? Good. Then I’m not the only one.
THE EXTRAS
There aren’t a lot of special features, but what’s here is of high quality.

Commentary (with director Gregg Araki and the two stars, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Brady Corbet): A relaxed and involving commentary in which the participants discuss their views on the books, the troubles of getting the movie made, and more.

Book Reading (54:37): This interesting feature highlights a reading of the book upon which the film is based. Stars Gordon-Levitt and Brady Corbet are the speakers.

There is also the Theatrical Trailer and four Previews.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Some may describe MYSTERIOUS SKIN as a harrowing drama that’s emotionally compelling and meaningful. I describe it as an incredibly unpleasant film-watching experience. Both descriptions are accurate. Either that, or just mine, because there’s no way in hell that someone can actually enjoy watching this film... unless of course they’re as f*cked up as the characters in it.
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