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June 10th, 2012


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01:54 am - Bandits - a fun, charming, and wonderful film.
Several months ago, siderea made a post asking for recommendations for media with fictional depictions of polyamory that are actually well done. One of the recommendations was a fairly recent film I'd never heard of - Bandits (2001), with Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton and Cate Blanchett. teaotter and I sat down to watch it tonight, and were soon joined by amberite. It was impresively quirky, funny, and quite good. The three protagonists were impressizely bizarre individuals and the result was excellent light fun that wasn't stupid and which also didn't gloss over the fact that polyamory is complex.

While it's quite different from the wonderful romance film Simply Irresistable (1999), with Sarah Michelle Geller & Sean Patrick Flanery, both are quirky films that are well outside the range of typically Hollywood films with romances in them, and both are vastly better than most of their somewhat mediocre reviews.

To many films that have anything to do with romance end with me upset due to it being offensive, or simply deeply alien to my experience in a rather horrifying fashion. It's rare to find one that leaves me with a smile on my face, and both of these managed that very well indeed.
Current Mood: pleasedpleased

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From:mlerules
Date:June 10th, 2012 09:23 am (UTC)
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Good to know - thx.
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From:heron61
Date:June 10th, 2012 09:36 am (UTC)
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Have you seen Simply Irresistable? It's literally the only het romance I've ever seen in a film that was largely not sexist or offensive, which was (to me at least) breathtakingly wonderful to see.
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From:mlerules
Date:June 10th, 2012 09:43 am (UTC)
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No, I've not seen this (or even heard of it). Good to know. :-)
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From:andrewducker
Date:June 10th, 2012 09:51 am (UTC)
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I rather liked Bandits. Particularly the singing scene.

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