I’m thinking, Gentle Reader, we all need a bit of love and laughter in our lives right now.
Reading some pull quotes for reviews of Romancing the Inventor (not the whole review, because that might kill me) made me realize something…
What I write, at its heart, is romantic comedy.
I know. You’re shocked. I’m shocked. Shush, don’t tell anyone. It’ll be our little secret.
Are There Lesbians? says for example:
“I have needed a lesbian romantic comedy for ages and I finally got one so cute and romantic I’m pretty sure it has given me diabetes…. Romancing the Inventor has set the tone for a whole series with its sometimes light and fluffy, sometimes rather serious, and always tongue-in-cheek, storytelling. It has also really raised my expectations for Queer romantic comedy and having been given a taste I would like plenty more please.”
See? Romantic comedy.
Now now, please don’t get tetchy.
There is nothing wrong with romantic comedy unless its done wrong. By that I mean, painfully bad dialogue and/or plot.
If you’re wincing right now, perhaps a little thought as to why those two words turn you off so much? Romantic. Comedy. Nothing wrong with romance. Nothing wrong with comedy. Trust me I know. Are you wincing because romantic comedies are generally marketed to/by/for women? Wellp, the dialogue and plot in your dude-targeted space action flick is just as bad, likely worse.
Now where was I? Right. LISTS!
Here are some LBGTQ romantic comedies (some more gentle on the comedy than others) that I really love and feel are under-appreciated.
1. D.E.B.S ~ OK so some of the acting is a bit, erm… off, but still! Would you like your lesbians being spies dressed as catholic schoolgirls in a quirky not quite superhero James Bonds setting? Why yes, yes I would. Bonus: Love redeems the evil villainess plus straight boy is the sidekick! Ha.
2. Shelter ~ Adorable surfer dudes, familial responsibility, honor, duty, painful coming out. Bonus points from one of my favorite romance tropes: finding love with the brother of the best friend.
3. Gray Matters ~ Perhaps a bit mainstream, and very light hearted and good natured, but I kinda adore this movie. Bonus for ballroom dancing, killer undergarments, and L-Word guest appearance.
4. Latter Days ~ One of my favorite all times movies. Repressed mormon, dramatic indy songs, unfair mistreatment by the ignorant, reformed bad boy, bonus Tara from Buffy. The scene when he drops the tray. I mean, come ON. So good.
5. Imagine Me & You ~ Very lipstick lesbian, but super cute. And I like that it genuinely deals with the torture of breaking up as a bad choice. This rom com starts with her marrying… a man. And goes from there. Bonus DDR, cute boys as well as girls, super cheesy ending.
6. Boy Meets Girl ~ THIS MOVIE IS EVERYTHING. Why are you not watching it? Everyone should be watching it. It so romantic, and glorious, and wonderful, and good, and flipping important. Bonus fashion! Go. Watch it. Now. Make everyone else watch it. Go. I’ll wait.
7. Big Eden ~ This feels the most real of the romances in this list. Yes there are characters, but they’re so much more honest than hollywood usually allows in terms of complexity, appearance, vocabulary, everything. Bonus cooking = love!
8. I Can’t Think Straight ~ I have no idea why no one seems to know about this movie. I adore it. It’s sweet, it’s got culture conflict, dramatic weddings, amazing cake, and it’s hot. Bonus one of them is a writer and the other a fashion designer. Yes! How do you not want this in your life?
So I agree that some of the above have problematic moments, either with awkward acting, or tropes gone awry, fashion flaws, or even modern day LBGTQ rights concerns. You’ll have to give some of them credit for the time they were made. And some of them credit for existing at all, in such a vacuum of good rom-coms (let alone LBGTQ rom-coms). However, I’m listing them for one reason, and one reason only:
I smiled all the way through, from start to finish.
Except of course for the times I was bitting my hand or sniffling quietly.
Honorable mention to Maurice.
Because it’s a gay romance set in period history with A HAPPY ENDING. Beautiful costumes, beautiful men, amazing settings, all the repressed stiff upper-lipping you could want. It’s not strictly comedy, more drama, but I do LOVE this movie. Bonus all the floppy hair your could want and cricket!
I could get all film studies cerebral and analytical if I wanted to call in the big guns, (waves at AB), but frankly I’m recommending these movies because I love them. End of story.
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