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on 26 June 2014
It is very disappointing to write a sincere review and be singled out for a negative vote when other reviewers equally see the film as flawed. So I'll scrap the references to other films and just say that this film started out promisingly, that I loved the Johnny character and had the same kind of feeling towards Romeo that Johnny had. Romeo's subsequent actions and awful attempts at self-justification ruined the film for me, I'm afraid, when it could have been a very enjoyable, tender romance.
The political side of the film did strike me as a bit heavy-handed. The arguments of the homophobes are dreary and wrongheaded, but I suppose the film has to dramatise the debate to work in the context of gay rights in the Bahamas that seem far from won, unfortunately. What I thought was a mistake was showing us the homophobic preacher's wife quite so much, without referring to her homophobia. She was really rather awful in her negative feeling, as came out near the end, so knowing quite so much about her marriage to her closet-gay husband, who was even worse, and her emotional difficulties, seemed a bit irrelevant. Perhaps the point was that homophobia can come dressed up in quite charming guises, a bit like Anita Bryant in California? Be that as it may, it would have been better to show us a more touching gay romance - the shy, lovable Johnny certainly deserved it - and to have tweaked the sexy Romeo differently so that he didn't come across as so flawed, having seemed so at ease with his sexuality.