This movie is currently running on HBO, and I’ve always wondered something.
For those of you who don’t know, it’s based on a book that chronicles the murder of a teenage bully named Bobby Kent. His best friend Marty Pucchio and Marty’s girlfriend were the main drivers behind the killing, but the gang that actually got together to kill him were a bunch of high school losers and drop outs. Bobby Kent seemed to be a 24-carat, gold plated prick in the movie, (he rapes a couple of the girls in the movie) and he seems to struggle with his sexuality.
There is one scene in the movie that gives me a WTF moment, however. Bobby has just raped Ally (a girl who is also in on the plot to kill him) and he’s cleaning himself up in front of a mirror in his bathroom. He’s standing there naked, and his father walks in and stands behind him, puts his hands on his shoulders, and starts talking to him. He’s clearly looking at his son’s nude body, and Bobby does nothing to try to cover up. It’s a strange sequence, and I’m wondering:
a) if this is depicted in the book the same way, and what the book tells the reader about this relationship between Bobby Kent and his father
b) if anyone else saw the movie I’m talking about, saw this scene and wondered WTF like I did, or if it made some sort of sense to you.
c) if it made sense, what did it mean to you? It’s such a strange scene, and I personally can’t imagine my father touching me in this manner.