“There are few heroic lesbians in mainstream movies”
romance can be subversive too. Bound (1996) tells the story of two women who fall in love while outsmarting some gangsters, and is notable not only for the chemistry between Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly, but also for the fact that Gershon’s character is that rare thing in mainstream movies – a butch woman who is both sympathetic and attractive.
Someday, we may even see more nonstraight women in the genre where their absence is particularly striking – the chick flick. The Women (2008) was a limp remake of the wonderful 1939 original, but it did have Jada Pinkett Smith’s glamorous, tomboyish lesbian Alex, who is just another member of the movie’s gang of female friends. Alex, however, like almost all lesbians in mainstream films, is played by a straight women.
When it comes to visibility, gay female actors have far to go. We await with baited breath the upcoming The Kids Are All Right starring Moore and Annette Bening as a lesbian couple bring up two teens in Los Angeles.
Annette Bening and Julianne Moore in The Kids Are All Right