“I didn’t say I was gay. I said I was in love.”
There’s a first time for everything; especially love. That’s what two teenage girls discover in the Spring of their senior year of high school when they meet and inadvertently fall in love.
If I were to magically transport you back in time to 1995, you’d see a world transformed. You’d want to hold my hand, but we might think twice about it, at least in public. You see, we’d be in a world in which LGBT issues, and by extension, LGBT cinema, was still of a relatively indie nature. Even though LGBT cinema made significant strides that year seeing the release of Jeffrey, Like Grains of Sand, Thin Ice, Sebastian, and When Night is Falling, it (obviously) still had a long way to go.
1995 was also a magical year for me because it was the year I would meet my longtime partner (yes, we’re still together).
On one of our very first dates, I excitedly told her, “I want to take you to see this film by Maria Maggenti. You’ll love it!” Of course, I’d already seen the film a dozen times, but you know that feeling you get when you want to share something you love? I just could not wait to get her into the cinema to see this film – one of the first in our generation to reflect something of ourselves on the silver screen. I get a case of the “awwwwwwwws” just remembering it.
Of course, The Incredibly True Adventure of 2 Girls in Love was only being shown in major cities, and then only at art house cinemas, but who cared? It was kind of accessible – a veritable feat at the time for films in the genre – and even though it took over an hour to get there from my hometown, I went as often as I could until the film was eventually pulled.
You see, despite being a film about two girls who fall in love, The Incredibly True Adventure of 2 Girls in Love is really just a story about young love. The film benefits greatly from Maggenti’s humorous dialogue and the film’s leads (Holloman and Parker), whose chemistry is as palpable, adorable, vulnerable, and fragile as the characters – and the feelings they begin to have – themselves.
The Incredibly True Adventure of 2 Girls in Love is a lovable film when you remember not to take it too seriously. It’s meant to be a comedy of errors, replete with teenage shenanigans, irresponsibility, and pot smoking. Maggenti succeeded with her film (which is dedicated to her first girlfriend) because it helped demonstrate the transcendent nature of love. It also drew a lot of fire from the burgeoning “family values” crowd for depicting a lesbian relationship, alternative family composition, and an interracial relationship.
In the words of the Master, Roger Ebert, the film is “warm-hearted, funny, and involving” because it reminds us how love, especially first love, leaves us curious and idealistic.
There are lines from The Incredibly True Adventure of 2 Girls in Love that my girlfriend and I recite to one another to this day. I have occasionally found myself picking up one of her stray sneakers and saying, in a too-loud-to-be-appropriate-voice, “Whose shoe…?!”
Watch the film, you’ll see. It has a warmth and charm that will find a spot in your heart, regardless of whom you love.
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