Girls Kissing

"Weak"

Girls Kissing Review


Why do filmmakers put lesbians in their movies? The same reason a documentarian calls her film Girls Kissing: To get people to watch.

Barbara Lee's shocker of a conclusion in her 48-minute-long documentary Girls Kissing is primarily that lesbianism has been around for a long time, that it's completely natural, and that guys seem to really like the idea.

Ultimately, there's not much new information about the lesbian/pop culture phenomenon here. (Frankly, I can't imagine making a movie about a more obvious subject.) But Lee's subjects have even less of substance to say than you might think. One girl confesses that the song "I Kissed a Girl" "opened her mind" to bisexuality. Wow.

The primary "serious" talking head in the film is geriatric, lesbian radio show host Sue Johanson, who peppers her commentary with anecdotal stories about being gay, mixing it in with pseudo-serious intellectual debate on the subject. Of course, she's debating herself, but that's another story -- the big jaw-dropper is when Johanson riffs on what it's like for men to wonder exactly how lesbians "do it." Sorry, we know how that works. What we really want to know is how Johanson (who won't even say how old she really is) does it.

The rest of the film is a choppy mix of stories and opinions about wife swapping, feminism, threesomes, and more -- as it wanders off on tangents about its purported subject matter, unable to fill even 48 minutes of film on the subject. Most of the commentary is banal. There are few experts here, as Lee instead speaks to porn stars and disapproving Christian Coalition types about the lesbian phenomenon, plus throwing in the mandatory quotes from GLAAD, complaining about how gays are unfairly portrayed on TV. Meanwhile, one lesbian woman shows off her dildo collection. Perfect.

Lee tries to hold this all together with a patchy narrative which turns out to be the worst part of the film, telling the story of a woman named Naura, a bisexual girl who has a boyfriend and also dabbles with the ladies. The re-enactments of her trysts are awful and difficult to watch, especially since they're in slow motion.

Finally, Naura's sleepyhead boyfriend asks us to pity him by saying, "It's a lot more work than you think" to date a bisexual woman. Cry me a river, dude. At least you didn't have to review this movie.



Facts and Figures

Run time: 158 mins

In Theaters: Sunday 1st July 2012

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 2 / 5

Cast & Crew

Director: Barbara K. Lee

Producer: Barbara K. Lee

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