Boys Don't Cry

Brandon Teena, a transgendered female-to-male (FTM), was born Teena Brandon. When he is forced to leave town after committing a crime, he winds up in Nebraska, where he meets and befriends Candace, a single mother. Candace introduces Brandon to Lana and her group of juvenile friends; he is charismatic and fresh-faced, and townsfolk grow enamoured with him, not knowing about the secret he harbours. Young and foolhardy, Brandon acts recklessly despite the dangers of his biological identity being discovered. Llana and Brandon fall in love, as one of Llana's guy friends, becomes suspicious of Brandon and who "he" really is. This movie is based on a true story.

Revealing mistake: Candace's eyes are moving and she is breathing after allegedly having been shot and killed.

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Lana: I hate my life.
Brandon: I hate your life, too.

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Trivia: In the film, Brandon escapes from John and Tom after being run roughshod by them. In actual life, John and Tom let her go after the beating, but with a stern warning not to go to the police. Brandon nevertheless went and reported the crime.

Allister Cooper, 2011

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Question: Why does Lana at the end of the movie call Brandon "Teena"?

Answer: Brandon's birth name is Teena Tenae Brandon. When Teena decided to become a man, he reversed his first and last name to become Brandon Teena. Lana may have continued to call him Teena as a form of "I know the real you" familiarity "pet name".

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