A lesbian US marine story… that’s been done right? Well maybe not quite like this, in fact never quite like this. Watching this film I was actually struck by how totally mainstream it was. Sure there was a message, sure there was a moral, sure the protagonist was gay and butch and a bad ass but it was really just a story about a small minded town and two people trying to find their way through life there. And it was FUNNY. The director threw in some fantastic moments, like the main character hosing herself down while her young, nubile charge undressed innocently in front of her and it was touching, particularly the last closing credits which were just a collection of friends photos. It didn’t try to make to strong a comment about Don’t Ask Don’t Tell but it certainly made it clear it was a law that impacted regular people in regularly awful ways. It wasn’t an overtly feminist film either, but it certainly held plenty of feminist clout. You’ve gotta enjoy dickhead men who, even though the woman they’re talking to is a US marine, think they have to be stronger, fast and better than her, and getting royally beaten down and down again for their trouble. Let’s be honest here, if she made it as a marine, she’s going to be pretty tough.
In the end it was a good flick, a really funny film, a really great example of how queer film making doesn’t have to be all gay all the time. Sometimes it can just have a good, story line, some funny gags, a bit of love and bit of loss and a warm fuzzy ending. I’d be happy to see it again but watching it in a room full of lesbians at a queer film festival made the funnier bits funnier and the poignant bits more special. RIP DADT.
**** from me!