So today I watched two lesbian films on Netflix that I haven’t seen before. I don’t fully recommend either of them but they are worth mentioning at least.
The first one I watched is Heterosexual Jill (2013). This film is a sequel to Butch Jamie, which is a film I really love. I talked about Butch Jamie in this post. To summarize, Butch Jamie is a low budget, funny and cute film that I love despite its corny jokes (maybe because of its corny jokes?) and I appreciate so much that it stars a woman who really is a butch lesbian. I found a good review of Heterosexual Jill here which I definitely agree with. This review describes it as “an uneasy combination of rom-com and satire.” It is indeed funny, however silly.
Heterosexual Jill picks up where Butch Jamie left off. Jamie is still trying to make it as an actress and still struggling to find a good girlfriend. Her ex from the first movie is working on her movie set, so they get to bicker every day. She still has a gay best friend. Unfortunately, even though the characters are the same as in the first film, they are played by different actors, which is awkward.
In Butch Jamie, she dated a woman named Jill who was trying to be straight, and Jaime remained disguised as a man until her secret came out. Now Jill, who is attending a support group for ex-lesbians, wants to date Jamie again in a weird attempt to put lesbianism behind her. (Obviously that’s not going to work. This is what forms the basis for a lot of the comedy throughout the film.)
In the first film, I felt like the jokes were corny but still funny and cute. In Heterosexual Jill, I still laughed, but I thought the jokes were noticeably stupider. This film is also a bit more sleazy than Butch Jamie.
The best thing about this film is that it’s definitely made for lesbians—it’s not for a general audience—and I like that. However, it’s a bit stupid. (Now, I like stupid films. I even liked the Spice Girls movie. If you are someone who likes stupid films, then I recommend this to you.) LOL
The other film I watched today was Blue is the Warmest Color. I’m sure you’ve all heard of this one because it’s recent, famous, and controversial. I was a little nervous to watch it and now that I’ve seen it I’m a little nervous about the fact that I saw it. It’s been criticized for being too pornographic and yeah, I can see why. There’s tons of reviews of it online, and here’s one that I want to quote:
“I thought it was hot at the beginning, and then it got ridiculous when they kept switching sex positions every ten seconds,” observes one viewer. “It started to feel like an infomercial for a kitchen product, where they try and showcase all the things it can do. ‘It can chop, it can slice, it can dice, it can puree, it can eat out your asshole.'”
Honestly, that’s what it felt like. I do like sex scenes, but this film really went overboard. They could have gotten the point across without showing quite so much. They didn’t need to be so explicit and there were a few shots that should never have been filmed. Plus the actresses didn’t seem that comfortable with how they were treated on the set.
There were definitely some things to like about the film. The acting was fantastic and they really captured how intense lesbian love is. When Adele cried I really believed that her heart was broken. I loved seeing her in her French literature class discussing the big ideas of life.
But ultimately, I can’t say I recommend it. This film was created for a general audience, not for lesbians specifically. There is some Bullshit with a capital B in the ending. The actresses are straight and they had to perform explicit lesbian sex for a mixed audience, which does feel kinda porny. It wasn’t right to push the actresses so hard to show so much, and I was left feeling like I shouldn’t have watched it.