“Philadelphia put a human face on the AIDS crisis, and Brokeback put a human face on repression and enabled people who hadn’t thought about that to experience the pain and anguish that go along with that,” says Maltin. “These are all milestones on a long path to complete understanding and tolerance.” Another mainstream arrow in Hollywood’s tolerance quiver was Lisa Cholodenko’s 2010 dysfunctional-family drama The Kids Are Alright, whose protagonists (Annette Bening and Julianne Moore) are a married lesbian couple whose decision to have children by artificial insemination brings a sperm donor played by Mark Ruffalo into the saga. Kids was a touchstone for director Stacie Passon, whose soon-to-be-released feature film, Concussion, is about a woman in a gay marriage who hits her head and suddenly wants to escape her minivan life, surely a fear/fantasy not limited to gays and lesbians. “We’re past the stories of people coming out,” says Passon. “We have now evolved so that people can see themselves in this married couple, because everyone has the seven-year itch or a midlife crisis.” She takes it as a sign of cultural progress that “people have told me that (Concussion) is not a gay movie. It’s about something that all couples face when love dies.
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He’s in it for love. We salute his commitment to telling good stories using the power of social media. And as he wrote on Twitter: “Haters gonna hate. The angry will only get angrier. I choose love.” Amen. – Sharon Waxman 3.
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