Boys Donít Cry (***) Ė 1999 will always be remembered in my mind not as a revolutionary year for movies, but as one of the most overrated in history. Movies like Being John Malkovich, The Hurricane and The Sixth Sense in their overblown critical hype cajole the public into expecting greatness and when it falls short, the film, while sometimes still good, tend to suffer. Boys Donít Cry will be remembered by myself as a victim of marketing ineptitude.As expected with independent films, a platform release is the initial plan of action, as it tries to build word-of-mouth through critics or the public. Almost unanimous critical acclaim was bestowed here and for nearly two months the film never expanded past a couple theaters in the downtown Chicago area. Then the Golden Globe nominations come out with both of the filmís actresses garnering nods. That very week, Boys Donít Cry was pulled from every theater in Chicago, making it nowhere to be found. Hilary Swank wins the Golden Globe, but from December to the weekend of the Oscar nominations Ė Chicago was without Boys Donít Cry. Now, in its Oscar run, it makes a triumphant return to a whole 5 theaters in Chicago and I finally got to see the film Ė but whatís left to say about it. Hilary Swank does give an extraordinary and brave performance even if her occasional voice slips make it fall short of chameleon status. Chloe Sevigny is incredible as Lana, the girl stuck in a white trash rut who finds something worth living for in Teena. The performance notably absent from most of the reviews is by Peter Sarsgaard who portrays the out-of-control friend with a love for Lana as well. Heís extraordinary as the one who can be your best friend or your worst enemy. So, the performances are first-rate, but we already knew that. Howís the rest of the film? Well, the script shortchanges Teena by not giving her more of a background. We understand the love she feels, but are never fully sure why she feels the need to live as a boy. Maybe she isnít either but with the way the film handles it Ė an argument could be made that sheís just changing her identity to avoid court dates and jail time. Sarsgaardís relationship with Lana also needed some more punching up to make us fully realize why he carried such feelings for her. But where the film never missteps is in the relationship between Teena and Lana. Theirs is a true love affair, one about loving your partner and accepting their flaws no matter what they may be and that makes its outcome all the more tragic.All in all you can bet the house on Hilary Swank on Oscar night for a complete sweep of all major awards. But for the film as a whole - Boys Donít Cry is a good movie, but not quite revolutionary. What else is there to say?