Almost Normal, by Marc Moody, who wrote, directed, edited and acted in the film, is turning ten years old.
In the first six minutes of the film, one could easily be derailed from watching and finishing this project. Between the inaudible soundtrack which cuts the flow in a slapstick sort of manner, to the overtly sassy and inappropriate black female best friend, and the flamboyant gag of character Timothy, the blind date of main character Brad Jenkins (J Andrew Keitch), one would feel wise not going along for the ride.
But it gets better. And the content is interesting. Not to mention, a great showcase by Marc Moody who had the funny bone (albeit not actually funny) to play the character Timothy.
Other revisited queer cinema: Adam and Steve : Un Chant D’amour : The Boys In The Band : The Next Best Thing : Naked Fame : Saturday Night At The Baths
More about the film:
Brad is forty years old, and the social climate when it comes to homosexuality is making him depressed. He is a focused college professor who occasionally glances at attractive men from a distance. His best friend, and sister-in-law, Julie, reminds him he should come back home for his parents’ anniversary. He does not feel emotionally equipped to return. But when a student follows him and asks him for a cup of coffee, he is triggered by the fact that the student is actually not interested in him, as his ego was hoping.
Once he visits home, he is reminded why he did not want to return and why his younger years turned him into a melancholic pessimist. In an argument with Julie, he exclaims that he wishes to be normal. A car accident later, he wakes the following morning as a teenager.
Once the switcheroo happens, we go back in time where Brad is informed that normal means that everyone is homosexual. Men are with men, and women are with women.
‘How do we produce?’ asks Brad in awe. ‘You are serious, aren’t you? Your parental partner!’ As he previously saw, two women and two men parent the children between them. Novel idea.
The story is a great tool in which sexual orientations are reversed and questioned to showcase the importance and validity of people. Heterosexual beings are vilified for breaking away from the controlled expectation of being, and thus conflict appears. Through Brad’s new-found journey the audience can walk through the process of hiding and exploring due to shaming.
Moral of the story: when we strive to be normal, or the same as everyone else, we are still creating a sense of separation and vilifying when it comes to alternative personalities, traits and lifestyles.
Almost Normal won the Best of the Fest award at the 2005 Breckenridge Festival of Film.
More GLBT content:
Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine (documentary) : Out in The Night (documentary) : Kumu Hina (documentary) : Lilting : PRIDE : The Way He Looks : Southern Baptist Sissies, the movie : Ne Te Retourne Pas (short)
Other film Reviews: Halina (short) : EK (short) : Despite The Gods (documentary) : Materica (short) : Lawrence and Hollowman, the movie : No Strangers (documentary) : Meth Head, the movie : Echoes (short) : Titans of Newark (short) : A Cure (short)
The Road To London by Adriano Bulla (Part 1 : Part 2 : Part 3), Night Creatures by Jeremy Jordan King (Part 1: Part 2), Rasping Melodies: Painspirations of My Past by Roeau Vetrano, Out of The Past by Jeffrey Ballam, The Brewster Boys and The Eve of Infamy by Stephan Dittmer, The Marine by John Simpson, Acts of Surrender and Organic Screenwriting: Writing for Film, Naturally by Mark David Gerson.