Sometimes you just want to watch a movie where two girls fall in love — and then sometimes you want to watch a movie where two girls fall in love and nobody dies at the end. Here’s a short list of lesbian love stories that are sure to leave you smiling.
“The Incredibly True Adventure of 2 Girls in Love”
Before Laurel Holloman stole hearts in “The L Word,” she was the adorably butch Randy Dean. Despite an otherwise less than stellar high school existence, Randy meets and falls for Evie, a popular and privileged girl who’s more than what she seems. This movie gets bonus points for its use of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass.
Randy: God, Evie, you’re so sheltered.
Evie: Then unshelter me.
“Better than Chocolate”
Maggie hasn’t told her family she’s gay, but since she’s only nineteen and living in another city, it’s not really an issue. That is, until her mom gets divorced and comes to stay with her. Now Maggie has to face her fears or risk losing her new girlfriend. With a memorable and diverse cast of characters, this Canadian comedy gets bonus points for its shamelessly happy ending.
Favorite quote: “I’ve never had a threesome. I’ve barely had twosomes. I have had three girlfriends, all of whom were exactly like me.”
“Imagine Me & You”
When Rachel sees Luce, it’s like love at first sight. The problem is, they meet during Rachel’s wedding reception. Piper Perabo stars as a woman falling in love for the first time after she’s already married her best friend. Both funny and moving, this movie gets bonus points for making Rachel’s husband a sympathetic character instead someone whose heart would be easy to break.
Favorite quote: “You’re a wanker, number 9!”
Chinese-American surgeon Wil loves a dancer named Vivien, but is reluctant to do so publicly. Her widowed mother, who is determined to set her daughter up with as many men as it takes, is also keeping a secret — the father of her unborn child. Both women will have to defy cultural expectations in order to keep the love they deserve. Winner of the Viewer’s Choice Award at the Golden Horse Film Festival, this movie gets bonus points for its multifaceted story and wonderfully nerdy protagonist.
Wil: Does [your mother] know we have sex?
Vivien: No, Wil. She thinks we conjugate Latin verbs.