The kids might be, but the film isn’t…
I had high expectations for this film and quite rightly so. It has all the makings of a good film; good actors, and a unique selling point. Sadly these things just weren’t enough.
Essentially, this film is about two teenagers breaking free of their secure, naïve lives and finding their dad (their mum’s sperm donor). It should be a sensitive film about the different types of family and maturity and identity but, in reality, it’s little more than a cheap rom-com (apart from the fact that it’s not romantic and not comedy based).
The beginning is dubious and, minutes in, I question the lead roles characterisations and depth of portrayal of actual lesbians when the two women watch gay male porn… Hmmm, last time I checked lesbians like women, not men. And whilst this is (poorly) explained later, I can’t help but feel that it started the film off in a bad way.
To cut a long story short, the kids meet their dad, discover he’s a bit of a rebel and introduce him to their mums. It’s a shaky first introduction but the women grow fonder of him. One even grows so fond that she sleeps with him. Multiple times.
Yup. That happened.
This frustrated me so much. Why on earth did she sleep with him? From what I can see there is little, if any, motivation to cheat yet she does and with a man! No, things weren’t great in her relationship but is sleeping with a man going to help?
Of course, her wife finds out and is, understandably, angry. This leads to a whole lot of door slamming, shouting and crying in the house from everyone. But, without much reasoning and explanation, it all seems to boil down and return to normal. (A few things go on that allows this to happen but not a great deal…)
This film is disappointing and doesn’t show lesbian relationships and their families in a good light. Its characters are flimsy and under-researched and its storylines are unrealistic and actually quite insulting. Not a fan.