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5 Lesbian Movies Hollywood Needs to Make

5 Lesbian Movies Hollywood Needs to Make

5 Lesbian Movies Hollywood Needs to Make

Freeheld is the first lesbian movie I’ve seen in a theater.

I missed The Kids are All Right, I heard mixed reviews about Blue is the Warmest Color, and Black Swan doesn’t really count.

With Freeheld, Julianne Moore and Ellen Page will become my first. It will be the first time I watch two women fall in love, and have a deep, powerful story to go with it. Basically, it will be one of only a handful of times I see two women get the same treatment as thousands of onscreen straight couples.

Of course, I am partly to blame for that. Most of the time I find myself feeling too lazy to go searching for new movie trailers and buzz about independent films. I tend to stick with the mainstream when it comes to my movies. The last three films I saw in the theater were Jurassic World, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Mockingjay Part 1. You see what I’m saying here?

I like what’s easily accessible, and I’m not alone in that. So maybe the blame is also with whoever decided lesbian/queer lady films are hardly ever in the mainstream where lazy viewers like me can quickly snatch them up. They are hidden independents or hard-to-find foreign films – little gems too far off for us to grab.

The tide does seem to be turning, however, ever-so-slowly. With Jenny’s Wedding and Grandma having already been released earlier this year, Freeheld, and the stunning-looking Carol being introduced to us soon, maybe things are looking up. Maybe, just maybe, those decision-makers are starting to figure it out.

So, in the spirit of queer ladies hopefully beginning to get the platform and screen time we so rightly deserve, I have concocted a few possible ideas for the next big lesbian/queer lady films.

Hollywood, take notes:

1. Lesbian superheroes team up to save the world

Who doesn’t want to see two badass women work together to protect humanity, all the while bickering like an old married couple whenever they’re not shamelessly flirting? That’s basically the dream.

2. Best friend princesses are told by their parents that they have to find husbands

They go through the motions, attend gala after gala and ball after ball trying to find the right dude, but – surprise – they eventually realize they’ve been in love with each other the whole time. Their kingdoms merge and together they build a dynasty that lasts for hundreds of years.

3. The Nicholas Sparks treatment

Two women meet in a small town, (probably by the ocean) and don’t really seem to like each other all that much at first, but eventually realize that they only bicker because of the overwhelming attraction they feel for each other. Plot highlights include a kiss in the rain, a death in the family, and almost certainly some other kind of tragedy that threatens to pull the couple apart before one of them eventually gives in and goes after the other. It’ll have queer women everywhere flocking to the cinemas next Valentine’s Day.

4. A “50 Shades” do-over

In the sequel, Anastasia leaves that abusive human garbage pile Christian and finds a lovely lady who will actually treat her well and help educate her on what a healthy BDSM relationship really looks like. Sure, it’s not what the world is expecting, and it’s certainly a step away from the real books, but I think it’s a real winner.

5. Queer lady hacktivists unearth conspiracy

Two partners in crime discover a secret that threatens to push society into complete devastation. As they are hunted down for knowing too much, they must also try to find a way to save us all.

There you have it, Hollywood. Five ideas from me to you.

It’s time queer women share their stories in a big way.

Here’s hoping Freeheld is only the beginning.

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