micro reviews of queer specfic & nonfiction. diversions into out-of-print annals. occasional digressions.

trans movie alert

just watched please baby please (2022), a film about an ostensibly heterosexual pair of newlyweds who get tangled up with the leader of a gang of leather daddies. the husband wants him, the wife wants to be him. cue! well, you can guess. also, it's a musical. it's set in the 1950s and has been generally described as if West Side Story were a campy, deranged parody about BDSM / leather culture.

the good: leather daddy musical. aesthetically / texturally a blast. delightfully horny.

the bad: it was trying to say a lot about gender. like, so much. too much. weirdly coy about queer sex despite being wildly horny.

the so what: you won't see anything quite like this elsewhere

#films #y2022

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