Indie Gems: Love is Strange
How fitting is it that my 1000th blog post is an Indie Gem. :)
Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) have been a couple for nearly 40 years. Once they decide to married, George looks his job teaching at a Catholic school because of it. No longer able to afford their apartment, they are forced to live separately until they find a new one since none of their friends can take them both. George lives with his neighbors (Cheyenne Jackson and Manny Perez), who party way too much, and Ben stays with his nephew's family (Darren E. Borrows, Marisa Tomei, and Charlie Tahan) who let's face it, are all a bunch of chodes.
Lithgow and Molina are really wonderful here. They carry the film and their chemistry is everything. They're honestly the only two likable characters, even when they aren't without their flaws. The rest of the cast is great too, but it's hard to compare them with the leads.
The film has good pacing and the story is interesting, though two things bothered me a little. There's a subplot involving Joey (Tahan) and his friend stealing French books, but they never tell us why. And because I'm such a wuss, I wish the film had ended about 10 minutes sooner so I didn't have to know the actual ending. That made me sad.
Memorable Quote: "To the motherfuckers." - George (Alfred Molina)