Mysterious Skin

Rated NC-17 99 minutes 2005

Director Gregg Araki seems to have finally watched a few Todd Solondz movies, then realized that abusing James Duval onscreen is nowhere near as disturbing as the abuse of children. Let's put it this way: If you're Michael Jackson, this is the movie for you. If not, you're gonna find it creepy. Eight-year-old Brian (George Webster), who suffers a couple of blackouts that induce bloody noses, decides that alien abduction must have been responsible. Meanwhile, young Neil (Chase Ellison), forced to play Little League so that his mom can have free time to copulate, is immediately awestruck by the coach (Bill Sage), a well-built man with blond hair and a porn-star mustache. The feeling is mutual. In their teens, Brian (now Brady Corbet) is still shell-shocked and unsure of what happened, while Neil (now Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a gay hustler. Both will eventually connect, but meanwhile, Araki revels in the sordid details of Neil's tricks. Mostly, this will creep you out, and not in any kind of fun way.

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Director: Gregg Araki

Writer: Gregg Araki and Scott Heim

Producer: Mary Jane Skalski, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Gregg Araki

Cast: Brady Corbet, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michelle Trachtenberg, Jeff Licon, Bill Sage, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Elisabeth Shue, Chase Ellison, George Webster and Lisa Long


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