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Chiara / March 23, 2018 , Fri / queer movies i've watched recently

1. g.b.f.

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Ah, G.B.F. – where do I even begin? I was pretty much cringing through this entire film. Almost every scene was so non-PC that I contemplated turning it off. But I had spent my $5.58 on this movie so I was determined to finish it to the end. And I did. And I was thoroughly unimpressed.

G.B.F. definitely falls into the “outrageous comedy queer film” category. When I think about queer films in general they mostly fall into that outrageous comedy category or depressing tragedy category. This has been the way for far too long, which is one of the many reasons I’m excited for Love, Simon because it’s neither of those. It’s the run of the mill (and I say this with endearment) queer rom-com that we’ve been waiting for for so long.

But back to G.B.F. I will say that there were approximately two positive things about this movie:

1) The two main gay characters did not end up together. It was nice to see them as best friends without the need for the writers to shove them together in a romantic relationship just because they’re both into guys. There was a moment where it looked like they were going to but they didn’t.

2) It actually tackles the ridiculousness of the entire GBF (gay best friend) thing and how harmful it is to want to be someone’s friend just because of their sexuality. And how placing an expectation on them to be sassy and flamboyant because of their sexuality is bullshit.

So yeah, I did like those two things. I thought there was a third thing I liked but it is escaping me. Overall, I wasn’t a fan, though.

2. but i’m a cheerleader

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If I thought that G.B.F. was bad, boy was I in for a treat when I sat down to watch But I’m a Cheerleader. This movie was also an outrageous comedy, and there was so much inherently wrong with it I don’t even know if I can express it. I can honestly say that I liked one thing about this movie and that was the fact that it was a happily ever after for the main f/f couple. That’s it. I was not here for the bi erasure, the jokes about sexual assault, the simulation of “straight” sex (again, nice bi erasure). In fact I was not here for most of the things in this movie. I really didn’t like it.

3. imagine me & you

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I was super excited to watch Imagine Me & You because a few friends had told me that it was cute and important to them as queer babies. So I bought it.

This was definitely my favourite of the three queer movies in this post because even though it was a comedy with a few over the top moments it never made it into the outrageous comedy category. I wasn’t a big fan of the cheating element, though. I would have liked the two women to come together without hurting the people around them. That would have been nice. But I guess overall the romance was pretty cute. I loved Luce, and her flower shop was so incredibly lovely. I wanted to visit it.

This was another happy ending, which was nice! I wasn’t blown away by this movie, but I definitely think it’s one I could sit down and watch again because it has that easy-to-watch feel to it where you don’t have to think too hard or get too emotionally invested, haha.

Have you watched any of these movies? Do you want to? Have you seen any LGBTQIA+ movies recently?

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4 Responses to queer movies i’ve watched recently (#3)

  1. Oh, I can’t wait for you to see Love, Simon! Such a great film. I’m sorry you really only liked one of these. I haven’t seen any of them but I have seen G.B.F. around a lot. I think it was on Netflix for awhile…so that might be why.

    -Lauren

    • Chiara says:

      I saw Love, Simon earlier this week and fell head over heels! I’ll be writing another one of these posts in a few days and I’ll talk about it more then :D I’m a bit disappointed that none of these were really great for me, as well. I hadn’t heard of G.B.F. until I watched another queer movie and a trailer for it was in the special features!

  2. I haven’t seen any of these, but lately I suddenly started to hear about GBF (nothing good though lol) I think I might give Imagine Me and You a try, though the reason I haven’t watched it yet is because the cheating bothers me a little too so maybe I’ll end up never watching it haha. CAN’T WAIT for Love Simon though <3

    • Chiara says:

      G.B.F. was kind of terrible, so I’m not really recommending it, haha. It didn’t really hit the mark for me. The romantic cheating in Imagine Me & You is only one kiss, and then the character comes clean with her partner. So it’s there, but it’s not awful? If you do end up watching it, I hope you like it! And I hope you loved Love, Simon. I did :D

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