Monday, September 22, 2014

An ordinary happy, long-term couple

I mentioned yesterday that one radio station said I-96 would open today even though the official website said there would be another 9 days. Well, the official website changed its message. Yes, the highway was open today. I was on it for a few miles.

My reason for being on it was to head out to see the movie Love is Strange, starring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as Ben and George, a gay couple who have been together for 40 years. They finally get married, but the news of that means George loses his job teaching at a Catholic high school. Without George's salary they can't afford their New York apartment, but the only relative who has room for both of them lives in Poughkeepsie, too far from where George wants to search for a job. Much of the movie is about the disruption of not being together or the disruption of families having to deal with someone else in the house. George is present at a party put on by his hosts only because that party takes place around the couch where he sleeps. One important aspect of the movie is that Ben and George are treated the same as any other happy, long-term couple, a love story, not a gay love story. Overall, a sweet movie.

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