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Unless your life is all about being black, being gay, being white, being Muslim, being Christian, being a woman, being a man, etc. you can skip this film entirely.
I hope one day we don't need to make art about trivial things like being gay, which shouldn't matter, nor should being black, muslim or however you "define" who you are. But these days everything seems to fall under identity politics. All individual traits and personality seem to be forgotten and all the focus is on gender, race, religion, sexual orientation is what matters now.
I don't care "what" you are, but that shouldn't be the premise of a movie. At least it shouldn't be the underlying driving force behind it. Because then it becomes about that, not what each of us do. Besides there are already a million movies that cover being gay, black or whatever. This brought nothing new to anything already made.
The film is way too forced, and there is a line in the beginning from the lead saying about something on TV "this doesn't happen in real life." Well, ironically this is what I felt about this movie.
The bottom line is that these type of films are really just a tool to seek acceptance. And the biggest issue I have with these "social conscience" films is for the most part they are recognized and celebrated ONLY because of the underlying identity message.
It's okay to care about social issues, but don't ONLY care about social issues. I just don't like movies that are didactic.
This was just an amateur student film. BTW, if the early bar pick up had been a man doing it to a woman, the same people making this film would have called the police for sexual harassment.
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