Nothing finer than settling in with Boo and binging on Valentine’s Day. So here are some ideas sent with love.
- Bros – comedian Billy Eichner shakes things up in the romantic comedy genre with his new film Bros, which he cowrote. Directed by Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and produced by Judd Apatow, the film is one of the first bigger budget gay rom-coms by a major Hollywood studio (there have been a few indies before). It stars Eichner as a podcaster and museum curator who breaks his history of committment phobia by falling for a macho lawyer named Aaron (Luke Macfarlane). Bros features an almost entirely LGBTQ+ cast including Harvey Fierstein, Scandal’s Guillermo Díaz and SNL’s Bowen Yang.
- Fire Island – Comedian Joel Kim Booster — who recently appeared alongside Maya Rudolph in her new sitcom Loot — wrote and starred in this modern-day adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, set in the Long Island gay beach hamlet of Fire Island. Jane Austen fans will enjoy how the updated characters correspond to Pride and Prejudice leads: Booster plays the Elizabeth Bennet rep Noah; Saturday Night Live breakout Bowen Yang is an amalgamation of Jane Bennet and Charlotte Lucas; and Conrad Ricamora, who played Oliver on How to Get Away with Murder, keeps everyone swooning as the Mr. Darcy-inspired Will.
- Single All the Way In this holiday rom-com by Tony-winning Broadway director Michael Mayer, L.A. social media strategist Peter (Michael Urie) faces nonstop judgment from his family about his long-term bachelorhood; to avoid their criticism, he convinces his best friend, Nick (Philemon Chambers), to come home for the holidays with him and pretend to be his boyfriend. The only catch: Peter’s mother (Kathy Najimy) has already set him up on a blind date with her spin instructor, James (Bros costar Luke Mcfarlane). Could Peter and Nick become more than friends? Or is James about to pedal his way into Peter’s heart?
- Happiest Season – Hulu’s holiday movie stars Kristen Stewart as Abby Holland. Abby is dating Harper Caldwell (Mackenzie Davis) and decides to go home with Harper for Christmas. Abby sees this as the perfect opportunity to introduce herself to Harper’s parents and propose to her on Christmas morning. However Harper hasn’t told Abby one big thing: Her conservative parents don’t know that Harper is gay. Abby reluctantly agrees to pretend to be Harper’s straight roommate for the holiday season. Stewart and Davis are a cute on screen couple tropes and all.
- But I’m a Cheerleader The cult classic satire centers around Megan (Natasha Lyonne) a typical cheerleader who is dating a football-player. She hasn’t yet come to terms with her sexuality. When her conservative parents suspect she’s gay, they send her off to a conversion boot camp. There, she learns to accept herself and begins to fall for fellow camper, Graham (Clea DuVall). The satirical film deftly tackles topics surrounding the social construction of gender roles, heteronormativity, the religious right, and more.
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