The movie starts with Brian Lackey stating the five hours of his life which he doesn't remember when he was eight years old. The character is portrayed with big glasses on his eyes and shy and inward. He sees a Tv show where he sees this girl called Avalyn who claimed to be abducted by aliens and left a scar on her body which is believed by Brain to be a scar by those aliens. He visits this female religiously until one day when she drops by his house and does an act of which Brian was completely asexual. He stops meeting and starts avoiding the gal thereafter. But she is the one through which Brain tries to find out Neil and the story goes on... To his hard luck, when he goes to meet Neil at his house, he finds out that Neil just left for New York and here he meets neil's mother and a fren of Neil who likes different hair styles and make-up like girls. His name is Eric. Though he seems to be another gay but the movie doesn't show any of his sexual activity. He plays a supporting role and is attracted towards Neil's body.
Another character is Neil's soul-mate Wendy, who keeps warning Neil to play safe and at one point objectively observes, "Where normal people have a heart, Neil McCormick has a bottomless black hole." She, was at one point of time attracted towards Neil and the movie portrays that she loves Neil.
Neil's experiences in the movie are sad and harsh. In one of the scenes, while he is enjoying his act, is simultaneously providing the commentary on a local baseball game. After he learns about AIDS, he tried to turn away from the profession of prostitute and try his hands on fast food industry. His encounter with a dying AIDS victim is sad and tender. The victim says to Neil that " This is going to be the safest encounter you've ever had. If you could just rub my back. I really need to be touched". And then later on there is a brutal encounter with a guy who likes wild sex. He beats the crap out of Neil, leaves him bleeding on the road. This incident shakes Neil and he comes down home on Christmas Eve as promised to his Mom. And this is when he encounters with Brian, who thinks maybe he would help out since they were on the same Little League team, Neil might remember something helpful and fortunately he does remember the fateful night.
The movie comes to an end when both the character meets up and Neil narrates that night's incident to help out Brian. Sneaking into the house of their coach, they both sit down at the same place where the sordid incident happened on the fateful day of those summers when Brian was eight years old. Now both of them are in their teens, Brian just celebrated his 19th Birthday with Eric. He shouts and cries but Neil is helpless but tries to console Brian to a large extent and the movie comes to a full stop.
Mysterious Skin is a movie full of emotion. If seen in an analytical way, it portrays Neil to be born as a gay who in his early childhood was ignited by his coach leaving him to become a hustle in his teens and Brain who could not accept what happened to him leaving him turn into asexual. Anyhow, the movie is terrific. The 90 minutes of the movie is worth watching.