Our society does not offer equal opportunities for some categories of people, particularly those who do not identify with the normal gender or sexual orientations. In America, transgender persons belonging to such groups that do not get recognition as equals. That explains the struggles of Brandon Teena, a transgender teen as depicted in the film Boys Don’t Cry by Kimberly Pierce (Ebert, 2018). Throughout the movie, Brandon reaffirms his masculinity by engaging in roles of a socially constructed man wearing a short hair, bears a stuffed sock in his groin to appear like he has a penis, and changes his name to look like a man from Teen Brandon to Brandon Teena. All these he does because he is aware of the social intolerance and discrimination and marginalization faced by transgender individuals in our society.
In the movie, Brandon is depicted as an accepted man, though he continually seeks approval of his friends John and Tom via engaging in dangerous acts to prove his masculinity. The alpha male in the movie-John misleads Brandon by encouraging him to partake self-destructive activities like overindulging in alcohol, drugs as well as reckless driving. At one point Tom burns his hand with fire to showing his friend Brandon the scars sustained out of self-mutilation which to him is a measure of masculinity is through the two friends that power and control have been explored in the movie (Ebert, 2018). This shows the expectations the society has pegged on the male gender hence they are willing to do the unthinkable to that effect.
When Tom and John learned of Brandon’s gender reassignment surgery, they got disgusted since they feel he is not a real male. However, when Brandon met Candice and protected her from a man who wanted to harass her, he left her a note finishing with “Love always, Brandon” ( Boys Don’t Cry). This shows that Brandon as self is different from what the movie depicts him as. This stresses his biological sex which does not match his socially made gender. This film has provided insight into sexuality battles our society’s subject those who do not conform to its expectations have to put up with.
Side Effects (2013)
In the pharmaceutical society that we live in, the side effect is the hazards that are ever-present out of prescriptions of the drugs we use. Whether they are voiced publicly, minimized in print, they are a shady companion that comes with drugs prescription. The film Side Effects focuses on Steven Soderbergh’s (2013) film side effects suffered by a young couple after the side effects that the wife medication caused. The effects led her into committing alarming acts. This made the psychiatrist who was assigned to her take responsibility for the predicaments of the patient while confronting his patient’s sanity (Sobczynski, 2018).
This movie explores the theory of sexuality through two characters Emily and Victoria. Emily is the wife to Martin. The latter went to jail leaving Emily behind in a sad state of mind and Victoria came through as her counselor. Victoria too had been abandoned by her husband. The two later became lovers since they have bisexual tendencies. While Emily teaches Victoria about illegal stock trading, Victoria, on the other hand, teaches her how to fake depression, which she starts applying even on the public domain. She did so at a public party to show everybody that she’s trying hard to make it work between her and Martin and that she is suffering from depression. This was in preparation for her attempt to murder Martin and use depression as a scapegoat so that she can inherit all his money and wanted to get rid of him because she does not love him (Sobczynski, 2018). This shows how selfish and self-centered our society has become and people are ready to do whatever it takes in their pursuit of shortcuts to happiness.
The other psychological issue well portrayed in the film is that of compromises individuals, and doctors get into in corporate-run healthcare system. Jonathan – Emily’s psychiatrist, fought for her acquittal in court with the promise that she pleads guilty and gets to stay in the psychiatric hospital. This badly damaged Jonathan’s reputation and his colleagues found him negligent. She would later get discovered that she feigned depression and hence her suicide attempts were fake something that sent Victoria to prison too for conspiring with her. The movie, therefore, shows the side effects of antidepressants of the drugs Emily was on and how they ruined her life.
Ebert, R. (2018). Boys Don’t Cry Movie Review & Film Summary (1999) | Roger Ebert.
Rogerebert.com. Retrieved21 April 2018, from https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/boys-dont-cry-1999 Boys Don’t Cry Movie Review & Film Summary (1999) | Roger EbertSex was more interesting when we knew less about it; when we proceeded from murky impulses rather than easy familiarity. Consider the Victorians, slipping off to secret vices and how much more fun … www.rogerebert.com
Sobczynski, P. (2018). Side Effects Movie Review & Film Summary (2013) | Roger Ebert.
Rogerebert.com. Retrieved 21 April 2018, from https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/side-effects-2013