Still incredibly funny and, dare I say, a masterpiece; but also I love how a 90s movie about gay conversion therapy could have so easily been some kind of torture porn that ends with the gay teenagers committing suicide or something equally bleak and instead Jamie Babbit just made the campiest romantic comedy ever. The fact that this movie was for a while the only (relatively known) movie about conversion therapy feels like a big fuck you to the way gay people have been treated in cinema and I love it even more for that.
Does this movie objectively deserve a 4.5 rating? probably not. But does my heart say it deserves it? Absolutely
(as always this is a mess and more of a rant than a review)
It sounds weird to say for a movie with this premise (gay teenagers in a religious conversion therapy camp) but I had such a blast. The tone is absolutely perfect, there are truly heartbreaking moments but it never wallows too heavily in them, and the comedic moments…
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My thoughts are too scattered so this is a list:
- I loved how Thelma's powers are never portrayed as wrong in the movie. Sure, she does terrible things, but mainly when she's a child and/or asleep, so when it's completely out of her control. Other than that, the movie tries really hard to link Thelma's powers to nature (the animal imageries, the focus on the trees…
do you sometimes think about how they've probably fallen in love with each other way before the beginning of the movie.... there's that threesome story of Sarah chickening out and when they meet for the first time in the movie Mindy says that it's been a while they haven't seen each other, just like the three years gap in the middle of the movie........ what if their life had just been a constant stream of missed opportunities and this movie is only a part of it........