Why Not Me? | Chicago Reader

Why Not Me?

Stephane Giusti's 1998 comedy centers on four gay partners in a publishing house; only Camille has come out to family, so her mother invites the others and their parents to spend the weekend at her chateau. When the children come out to their parents, some are completely unfazed and others are appalled; anything less than acceptance is presented as weird, hilarious, or both, as when one couple try to trace their daughter's lesbianism to the genes of one relative or another. The film's conclusion—that we're all human—is quite cliched, but Giusti's script is full of witty repartee and mild social satire, suggesting that the concepts of “gay” and “straight” are more fluid than fixed.


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