YMMV / Boys Don't Cry

  • Idiot Plot : What happened to the character is undoubtedly sad, but if he'd left town at any of the several opportunities he had, he would have lived. Since the film is Based on a True Story, there was no other way it could have ended, but it's still frustrating to watch.
  • It Was His Sled: Anyone who googles Brandon Teena will automatically know how the movie ends.
  • Misaimed Fandom: Most reviewers loved it, but while sympathetic to the character, referred to Teena as female and seemed to think it was a story about a lesbian who felt she had to pretend to be a boy because of homophobia or something. One reviewer even said something like "in disguising herself, ironically, this young woman helped other girls find themselves." (Yikes.) In real life, Teena was your average somewhat macho straight guy and had the kind of enlightened opinions on feminism and lesbianism you'd expect from a young man born in the Bible Belt in the early seventies.
  • Nightmare Fuel: When Brandon Teena's cover got blown, lets just say things got worse for him.
  • Tear Jerker: The story in general.
  • The Woobie: Brandon.