Written by Ben, Hannah, Shar and Millie.
12 November 2015
There was an interest in the film, the work seemed heartfelt with a decent low-key cast. This is the first film by Le that any of us have encountered and, it was great to see the film made it to festivals such as Frameline. The film opens with Bob (Jonathan Lisecki) the main character trying to buy a house. He meets with a vivacious african american woman that seems too fall into a few too many stereotypes. She is showing Bob the house but seems to continue to question the fact that he has no partner. Next, which really takes this scene to the next level is the gay couple that comes into the house to greet the possible new buyer, Bob. They fall into a an even more typical stereotype of the catty middle aged queen, who has a baby with their more balanced but still bitchy partner. The couple scrutinizes Bob for moving in and being single. This constant over tone of the fact that Bob has to have a partner is the constant theme of the entire movie. Even when he does finally meet Andy (Nicholas Brendon) a man that cares about him and likes his appearance. Still Bob cannot get over his self-esteem about himself. A constant dramatic presence within the plot. He cannot accept himself and therefore cannot accept Andy's love. Bob also has two very cookie cutter West Hollywood friends, Aiden and Chase. They are muscly one is white and one is asian. They act very sassy, but also supportive, and are Bob’s “best friends”. There is no clear connection that Aiden and Chase hang out with Bob. There is little they have in common with one another. Also, the addition of Bob’s mother is a complete waste. She adds nothing to the film, and it seems like it would have been better had Le just left the character out all together.
The unfortunate overall look at the entire movie is that the LGBT community is still making and watching films that puts gay men into a very segregated population. Even more so to make Bob a vietnamese “screaming queen” enforces the same ideals that Anacleto had in Reflection in a Golden Eye. Not only is the race being put down but also the sexual preferences. Bob is the most self-obsessed person in the film, the film seems to be trying to break the self obsessed image, Bob's character damages this. There are multiple times within the film when Bob says no one taught him how to be in “gay love”. This enforces the difference between the communities of gay and straight. Why does there have to be a difference. Love is love isn't it?