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Friday, December 16, 2005

"Yes, it's the gay cowboy movie. Get over it."

Ty Burr seems to be writing directly to me in his review of Brokeback Mountain.

Mickey Kaus predicts that the film will suffer a lack of commercial success in spite of good reviews, and that this will lead to a round of hand-wringing about how homophobic the American public is. I think it's important to point out that straight men don't even like watching the portrayal of heterosexual relationships on screen that much, unless it's slapstick or raunchy or otherwise unserious. And the women who go see those sappy romance films will probably find the Heath Ledger-Jake Gylenhaal pair appealing too, so I don't foresee this being much different from the normal scenario.