Carina Adores Editors Share Their Favorite Romance Films for Pride Month
Looking to add some more movies to your watch list? To celebrate Pride Month, Carina Adores Editorial Coordinator Ronan Sadler is here to share some great movie recommendations!
Before Alice Wu did The Half of It, her romantic f/f debut Saving Face captured hearts with its powerful love story and examination of family ties. In this funny, moving film, Wil, a Chinese-American lesbian, is caught between her out girlfriend Vivian and her traditionalist mother, but she learns she doesn’t have to choose between her love of her family and her love for her girlfriend.
A classic small town homecoming romance, Big Eden follows gay New York artist Henry, who moves home to care for his ailing grandfather, and in the process finds acceptance in his tiny Montana hometown, as well as an unexpected love interest in the form of Pike, the shy Native American general store owner.
While not a romcom, Oscar-winning Moonlight is a deeply poignant film about masculinity, vulnerability, and identity. The story follows Chiron from his childhood, through to his adolescence and first love and into adulthood. The powerful reunion romance between Chiron and his childhood love anchors the last act of the film as the two characters find solace and recognition in each other in a world that often greets them with violence.
But I’m A Cheerleader
This funny, biting satire takes aim at homophobia, gender norms, and conversion camps, but its emotional heart is the love story between Megan and Graham, two young women who are sent to a camp to make them straight, but who fall in defiant love instead. The choice between being who they are and being who the world wants them to be is dressed up in jokes and a lurid pink and blue color scheme, but it tugs at the heartstrings all the same.
While not a film, Schitt’s Creek is chock full of romance tropes. David and Patrick are small town business partners turned tentative (at first) boyfriends. The sweet, funny development of their relationship over the latter seasons of the show hits every romance beat you could hope for, punctuated with killer jokes and great family dynamics. Patrick and David don’t meet until Season 3, but their relationship takes a bigger role in the later seasons.