Mysterious Skin

Drama • Unrated • Directed by: Gregg Araki • 105 minutes

★★★★★

Director Gregg Araki’s MYSTERIOUS SKIN, adapted from Scott Heim’s acclaimed novel, is an intensely powerful chronicle of childhood innocence lost. The film features starmaking turns from Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception, Looper, The Dark Knight Rises) and Brady Corbet (Thirteen) alongside outstanding performances from co-stars Michelle Trachtenberg (Eurotrip, Ice Princess), Mary Lynn Rajskub (TV’s 24) and Academy Award® nominee Elizabeth Shue (Leaving Las Vegas). At the age of eight, Kansas youngsters Neil and Brian played on the same little league baseball team. Now, ten years later, the two boys couldn’t be more different. Neil is a charismatic but emotionally aloof male hustler while Brian is a nervous introvert obsessed with the idea that he has been abducted by a UFO. When the boys’ parallel lives inevitably intersect, the pair unearth dark, repressed secrets on a harrowing and unforgettable journey of self-discovery.

Starring: Mary Lynn Rajskub, Brady Corbet, Elisabeth Shue, Michelle Trachtenberg, Bill Sage, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jeff Licon,

Why we picked this film

Director Gregg Araki's Mysterious Skin, adapted from Scott Heim's acclaimed novel, is an intensely powerful chronicle of childhood innocence lost. The film features starmaking turns from Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Brady Corbet alongside outstanding performances from co-stars Michelle Trachtenberg, Mary Lynn Rajskub and Elizabeth Shue. At the age of eight, Kansas youngsters Neil and Brian played on the same little league baseball team. Now, ten years later, the two boys couldn't be more different. Neil is a charismatic but emotionally aloof male hustler while Brian is a nervous introvert obsessed with the idea that he has been abducted by a UFO. When the boys' parallel lives inevitably intersect, the pair unearth dark, repressed secrets on a harrowing and unforgettable journey of self-discovery.

Viewer reviews

Great movie great story great acting great music
★★★★★
This movie really makes me think what would of happen if someone in the old days molested or hurt your feelings in love and confusion about their sexuality. Also the movie is very impacting how the scenes where I'm very impressed that Joseph levitt was able to do a great acting in this movie. In the end I really would like iTunes to add up the soundtrack cause I really like the music of it — 2Dos

five stars
★★★★★
please put this on sale for the end of pride month. that would b so awesome!! — mykeeast

The Music.......
★★★★★
Where is the soundtrack Itunes?? The music gives me goosebumps when I listen to it. I have been left to listening to the songs on Youtube. Would love to see it offered here. — Rmepapi69

Wow
★★★★★
This is one of those movies that really makes you think about what really goes on in this world everyday, and how things can change the outcome of your life forever. — Jrob123

Speechless
★★★★
There is a part of me that wish I didn't see this movie - especially the part where the violence and unthinkable take place. As a story it is heartbreaking and "nightmare causing." Pure from performance point of vie - the acting is brilliant and amazingly directed. Not for the fainted heart. And not if you are not ready to deal with the ugly sides of humans. — ppylo917

Unbelievable film
★★★★★
This film left me speechless. The actors were excellent allowing the viewer to feel the pain, disbelief, and confusion they experienced. The story was well told and very believable. — Head Maroon

Grim
★★★★★
The movie captures the intense feelings associated with early sexual partners. Unfortunately, the sex is sick in this movie and so goes the associated feelings. — julieesq

Raw truth
★★★★★
This is a very strong film, about an extremely serious subject. There is much here. It is not for those who wish to believe small town America is safe. I am not sure if I would suggest this film anyone. Then again, maybe people need to know the raw truth. This is as real as it gets. — dollardog28

Best gay film ever
★★★★★
I enjoyed it because it was both itense happy and just over all good — on thego-1

Heart Shaking
★★★★★
This movie is something that will leave a mark on your heart forever. — Jahollie2