U.S. Dramatic; 97 minutes.
Writer-director Eliza Hittman's "Beach Rats" starts off as an interesting character study of a young Brooklyn tough grappling with his sexuality — but the movie turns out to be going nowhere slowly.
Frankie (Harris Dickinson) spends his days hanging out with his pals, filling the dull hot hours of a Brooklyn summer. At night, he sits in his parents' basement, surfing a gay men's chat website. He sometimes will hook up with the men he meets there, though he won't admit, even to himself, that he's gay.