Mysterious Skin

Mysterious Skin

DVD - 2006
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At age 8, Neil and Brian played on the same baseball team in their small Kansas hometown. Now 10 years later, Neil is a hustler and Brian a nervous introvert who believes he has been abducted by aliens. As their lives intersect, they discover a shared past shrouded in mystery
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Strand Releasing Home Video, c2006
Edition: Deluxe unrated director's ed
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (99 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Other Standard Identifier: 712267260027

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soundspace
Feb 01, 2017

Definitely no comedy, but the acting in this is very good.

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pnaduy
Sep 02, 2016

The two children were harassed sexually by their teacher, and then their life was changed badly.

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booksmile
Dec 26, 2015

Warning: very disturbing! (Non-consensual and under-age sex)

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ANTHONYZEDAN
Sep 15, 2015

Powerful performances by young actors portraying a dark and tragic experience that tie them together and how each one deals with that trauma.

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Curiouskind
Sep 06, 2015

A fine film with talented, young actors. It's a disturbing story with actors, especially Gordon-Levitt, who need to delve into the role. I'm a little concerned what psychology (in real life) plays on the actor after completing a film like this, how it might change them, what they now know about the subject, what their body and mind experienced. The graphic details, unfortunately, are necessary as it helps viewers to understand the subject matter in all of its component parts. Maybe it may help someone down the road, who knows? It's my own bias, but I couldn't help but imagine various alternative endings, something that gives some hope to the central character.

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kdiazparga
Sep 04, 2015

Excellent movie, with one of the best current young actors!

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moviefan01
Aug 31, 2015

I ordered this movie from Amazon a few years ago and didn't even know our local library stocked it. Joseph Gordon Levitt has popped up in a variety of oddball or quirky films over the years, and this is no exception. The source novel is also compelling, and yes the subject matter here is unpleasant. But fine performances by Elizabeth Shue and Gordon-Levitt really carry the film, although I am not certain I buy into the concept of repressed memories.

nycounsel Jun 17, 2014

A very good movie dealing with an unpleasant topic.

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petehoover98118
Mar 17, 2014

After watching it, I've come to the conclusion that there are no repressed memories of childhood sexual abuse in my own past.
That's a good thing. I couldn't even understand how things worked between an adult and an eight-year-old. This movie explained. I'd never heard of these things, nor thought of them.

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boattop
May 29, 2012

As "sdelao" said, Joeseph Gordon Levitt is fabulous...he is a great actor and never disappoints me. This performance was Oscar worthy. The subject matter is not pleasant, but then reality can be that way. Please watch this. tremendous movie.

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pnaduy
Sep 02, 2016

Sexual Content: Content can stimulate sexual think.

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bdls206
Mar 31, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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bdls206
Mar 31, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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janinei
Sep 28, 2009

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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pnaduy
Sep 02, 2016

pnaduy thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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bdls206
Mar 31, 2011

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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bdls206
Mar 31, 2011

A teenage hustler and a young man obsessed with alien abductions cross paths, together discovering a horrible, liberating truth.

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bdls206
Mar 31, 2011

Wendy: You'd better be careful.
Eric: Of what?
Wendy: I'm serious, Eric. You're not in Modesto anymore. I see the way you look at him.
Eric: He's so beautiful. I can't help it. He's like a god.
Wendy: You don't have to tell me, I was infatuated with him too once. But I know all Neil's secrets and there's shit there you don't even want to know about. Trust me. Once I'm gone, you'll be all Neil has and you have to understand one thing. Where normal people have a heart, Neil McCormick has a bottomless black hole. And if you don't watch out, you can fall in and get lost forever.

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