The Incredibly True Adventure Of 2 Girls in Love: or, the most adorable teenage lesbians ever
I may have mentioned previously my love for lesbian movies--I'm not sure what it is about movies that have lesbians as main characters, but for whatever reason I tend to find their plotlines more fresh and their characters more interesting. So when I saw this movie at the library, an independant film from 1995 which obviously was going to feature some girls falling in love, I had to check it out. It didn't disappoint me.
Our main character is Randy Dean (Laurel Holloman), a teenaged lesbian who works at a gas station with a sarcastic woman named Regina (Dale Dickey) and who lives with her aunt (Kate Stafford), her aunt's girlfriend (Sabrina Artel), and, as the movie opens, an ex of her aunt's (Toby Poser). Randy has been messing around with a married woman, Wendy (Maggie Moore), but the secrecy is deeply unsatisfying.
Early on, Evie Roy (Nicole Ari Parker), a well-off and intelligent girl who goes to Randy's school, stops by the gas station because she thinks one of her tires is flat. Randy fills the tire up, and from there the two girls strike up a friendship. As such things go in these films, this friendship turns into something more (doesn't it always?)
The storyarc may be somewhat predictable, but somehow it works. Of particular note is the interesting choice for the ending: avoiding spoilers as much as possible, it could have ended dramatically but instead the director Maria Maggenti decided to go with farce, which makes the last 10 to 15 minutes of the movie incredibly entertaining. It also has different emphases than your typical gay teen movie: neither girl is particularly angsty about her attraction to the other (although Evie does wonder what it means that she kissed Randy), but Randy underlines to Evie the danger of being out in their town, and there is a particularly painful scene at about the midway point where Evie comes out to her friends and is rejected.
Overall this is mostly a movie about first loves and how doey-eyed we can get when we find them. Nicole Ari Parker and Laurel Holloman are utterly adorable together, and we can easily see what the two see in each other: Evie's intelligence and Randy's passion. Holloman especially is wonderful as Randy, portraying a character whose life except for Evie (and to a less extent her aunt and her two girlfriends) kind of sucks, but who doesn't seem to notice because she's so smitten.
The movie isn't perfect: Wendy starts off as being a somewhat bitchy character who suddenly becomes nice for no real explained reason, and Evie's mother (Stephanie Ray) is not developed as much as her character's role in the story requires. I also would have liked a little more of a focus on the racial element of the story (Evie is black, Randy is white), of which there is a little, but I suppose that very well may have overloaded the movie.
But all of these are really just nitpicks. All in all, this is a great movie, adorable, powerful, and funny, with two great performances by Laurel Holloman and Nicole Ari Parker. Watch this movie!
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