Those People full movie review - A real man says goodbye...is this quote a spoiler?
The above line, spoken by the mother of one of the film's main characters seems to sum up one of the film's many rather deep messages: Life can kick you in the head, you've got to deal with it with some dignity and respect and be brave enough to move on.
OK, so that wasn't as poetic as I'd originally intended, but I'm at a loss for intelligent words on how to describe this incredibly moving film. Written and directed by the preternaturally gifted Joey Kuhn, THOSE PEOPLE is a rare beast in indie "queer" cinema. First, the characters just happen to be gay, the film doesn't revolve around any dramatic revelation in that part of their lives. I can't express how refreshing this is for gay characters to not be traumatized by their sexual orientation. Nobody has AIDS, their parents don't reject them because they're gay, and they're not having a dramatic coming out. Moving beyond that, there are not stereotypical characters, of any sexual orientation. Sure, the group of friends has a "Token straight friend" but there's a single joke there as friends will make and it doesn't go any farther than that. Nobody falls in love with the straight friend, and nobody is tortured by the guy, which is another common story route in movies "like this". Only that's another revelation about this movie. There isn't anything remotely like this, at least that I've seen in recent "queer cinema". I'm rambling now, so just go seek this movie out, watch it, and recommend it again and again to anyone who will listen. It's that damned good. Also, don't be put off or tricked by the description that it's a film about a love triangle, because it's so much more, and even that description is spurious at best.