By Anna Merlan
By Lee Escobedo
By Alice Laussade
By Scott Reitz
By Claire Lawton
By Kiernan Maletsky
By Anna Merlan
Happily, Megan finds a true direction that True Directions didn't have in mind when this very "femme" young miss meets the perfect "butch" in the cynical form of Graham (Clea DuVall), a girl whose sexual orientation will be altered by no amount of reprogramming. Soon, love is in bloom and revolt is in the air, as the girls proceed to reveal True Directions for the teetering house of cards that it is. Nothing unusual about this. In fact, the third act is nothing more than the standard comedic "love conquers all" formula. Similarly standard-issue yet entertaining nonetheless are jokes about boys who throw balls "like a girl," as well as raunchy gags involving Mary's studpuppy son Rock (Eddie Cibrian), whose butchness fails to hide the fact that he's gayer than RuPaul in drag.
Still, this all takes a back seat to the Megan-Graham love match and its striking parallel to the true story of Exodus International, an "ex-gay" ministry whose founders met, fell in love, and abandoned the organization they helped found in order to fight it. One Nation Under God, a 1993 documentary (now available on home video), recounts the saga of Exodus and the network of ex-gay ministries it created, which continue to drain the finances of misguided parents and the brains of their hapless offspring. As such organizations are religiously affiliated, they have no worries about paying taxes or being investigated for fraud. Moreover, once the psychobabble and this veneer of piety are peeled away, ex-gay methodology is a fairly simple affair. Just regard same-sexuality as "acts" separate from the individuals who commit them, get said individuals to refrain from said acts -- or at least claim that they do -- and voila! You've got yourself an ex-gay.
Screenplay by Brian Wayne Peterson
Not too high a standard there, you know. In fact, as I'm not having sex right at this moment, I could very well claim to be an ex-gay too. Of course my "ex" status probably won't last the afternoon, but I'm sure that wouldn't matter to the likes of fundamentalist powerbroker Janet Parshall or advice-dispensing "Dr." Laura. We live in a culture where hypocrisy rules, appearance is all, and "do as I say, not as I do," is the glue that holds the fraud of "don't ask, don't tell" together. But getting to the bottom of that requires a very different sort of movie. And it's most definitely not a comedy.
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