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One of a new genre of movies that treat gay themes in a positive light, 15 March 2006
7/10

The Reception has four principal characters and each has secrets-- enormous secrets. It is about a wealthy white woman, and her black, gay, male, live-in companion. It also features a visit from her daughter who is supposedly in the company of her new husband, also a black, gay, man. The photography is beautiful, but the plot seems implausible. Having given away two of the secrets, I will not spoil the movie by telling the other secrets. This movie belongs to a new genre of gay movies that treat gay themes in a positive light. It is artsy, creative, and low budget. We definitely have a great need for more movies of this kind. Unfortunately, the writer attempts to do far too much with the screen play, but it is a good movie and well worth viewing, at least once.

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An Important Film that provides good historic perspective on the treatment of homosexuality in film., 15 March 2006
8/10

"Tea and Sympathy" will offend many forward thinking people, but it is historically important. It provides good perspective for comparing the early twenty-first century to 1956--the time when this movie was made. The film is representative of people's sentiments during the 1950s. I came of age during this time as an effeminate lad who could not even talk with his parents about the stereotyping I experienced in grade or high school. Kids were cruel; so were many adults! Everyone needs a good dose of history, and this film provides it. Students of Gay and Lesbian Studies or film studies need to see this movie. No this is not a happy film, but neither is "Brokeback Mountain," which was set in the 1960s. "Tea and Sympathy" will not thrill anyone who prefers to forget unpleasant eras of history.