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02/11/2010

V-Day: A hallmark for on-screen gay portrayals?

by Jeremy Hooper

Valentines-Day-Movie-Poster-203X300-1As of now, Valentine's Day (the movie, not the crass commercialism) only has a 12% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. That's really kind of bad.

However, there just might be a bright spot for gay critics. Because according to the folks at GLAAD, the film's gay subplot -- which has been criticized by some bloggers for being excised from the trailer -- is actually handled very, very well:

What we can say is that the gay plot is in fact intended as a surprise and is not completely revealed until the film’s final act, which is why no overtly gay content was shown in the film’s trailer. Due to the nature of the story, LGBT viewers should not go in expecting a drawn-out, passionate love story. However, one of the gay character’s stories is actually timely and groundbreaking and the final scene is very genuine and tender.
Valentine’s Day Features Well-Done Gay Storyline [GLAAD blog]

So there you have it. Plan your popcorn consumption accordingly.

As for us: We're boycotting the cinema out of frustration that Dear John isn't a remake of the eighties sitcom. Major bummer, that.

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Meanwhile I'll be boycotting "Dear John" as well because I'm tired of Notebook-esk heartbreaker films and I won't have Set The Fire To The Third Bar tarnished by tears

Posted by: Bry | Feb 11, 2010 9:03:11 PM

The gay moment in "Valentine's Day", when we saw it, was met with a few "ahhh"s, a few applauds, but mostly laughter. In Los Angeles! We have a long way to go.
Still hard when a moment that I find touching, is met with derision. You'd think I'd be used to it. No, I will never be used to it.

Posted by: David Jones | Feb 12, 2010 9:43:12 PM

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