Follows the lives of two co-dependent sisters who work as hotel maids in Fresno.
Screenwriter William Goldman famously said nobody knows anything in the business of film production, and we keep confirming this over and over again. Consider the case of director Jaime Babbitt. At the break of 2000, she released her first movie, But I’m a Cheerleader. It is a surprisingly deft comedy about a popular teen girl sent to a conversion therapy retreat when she manifests incipient lesbianism. The candy-color palette and self-conscious cartoonish characterization speak of heteronormative gender roles as a disguise to wear when you sacrifice your true self on the altar of societal acceptance. It deservedly entered the canon of cult classic movies and became a touchstone for a generation of queer kids. None of her following films gathered the same attention or connected with the zeitgeist with the same force.
Are comedies making a comeback to the big screen? It seems like it. In a way, they never left. Robert Downey Jr.’s occasional quips in “Iron Man” (2008) took over. As superhero movies elbowed out other genres off screens, Marvel films zeroed in on delivering laughs. The formula had grown stale when Taika Waititi premiered his take on Thor. It’s fitting to see how out of the ashes of “Thor: Love and Thunder”’s failure comes a new batch of straight - and queer! - comedies to reclaim audiences in the theaters. Here’s a rundown of the most recent, latest, and upcoming comedies of 2023.
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