|Taken at face value, this purely heterosexual romantic comedy?s two gay characters could be seen as being merely token in nature ? yet another attempt by mainstream society to latch onto some perceived ?gay-chic? hip factor. But fortunately that is not the case here. Simon Callow and John Hannah play a gay couple who feel right at home in an otherwise strictly het retinue of semi-sophisticates who come together at a seemingly endless parade of weddings ? sorry, no gay commitment ceremonies here, folks. Callow rollicks in his roll of the bawdy bon vivant who is eager to lend his support to the hitchings of his straight friends. |
The film goes a long way in presenting a gay couple in a good light, not making an issue of their sexual orientation and treating their love as coincidentally as might be done with any other supporting characters. In fact, the film holds up their relationship as the paradigm to which their helplessly neurotic and romantically dysfunctional friends should aspire. The film is definitely a step forward for queer characters in the realm of non-gay cinema.
Director: Mike Newell