Films have formulas and rules, but how well do films follow those formulas? What about Lesbian Romance films, do they follows a strict formula and a set of rules?
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JACK & DIANE (2012)
"Why are you so experienced?" ~ Diane.
"I don't know... I'm not... I've had some training." - Jack.
RULE #1 - A Coming Out Story
RULE #2 - There May Be T&A
Mostly suggested nudity, but Diane's boobs are seen a little bit.
The couple kiss often, masturbate (under clothes) while thinking of each other and there is an aborted attempt at sex.
RULE #3 - Unsatisfied
Diane seems to be disconnected from the world, living in a malaise. There's no sign of a boyfriend to be unsatisfied with. Diane is going to Paris for school, but not because she wants to but because Karen thinks that she is holding Diane back.
RULE #4 - Enter the Lesbian
Jack is has the cute-dyke thing going. The masculine clothes, beer drinking. Heck, they even went with the male name. She has experience with getting into clubs implying experience and likes sushi, which I'm sure implies something. She has an intimate moment (perhaps more) with Tara and there's an implied history there. She's claims she not "so experienced" but (with a smile) "had some training" fitting her nicely into the "out-lesbian" category.
RULE #5 - Just Good Friends
RULE #6 - Rejection By Friends and Family
RULE #7 - Will They, Won't They/On Again, Off Again
The relationship is pretty awkward, with both seeming unable to express their feelings directly.Jack gets upset when she finds out Diane is leaving for France. The relationship suffers highs and lows at this point.
Their relationship is mostly kissing. When it progresses to more Diane's inexperience cuts it short.
The relationship is pretty awkward, with both seeming unable to express their feelings directly.Jack gets upset when she finds out Diane is leaving for France. The relationship suffers highs and lows at this point.Their relationship is mostly kissing. When it progresses to more Diane's inexperience cuts it short.
RULE #8 - Redemption/Acceptance
RULE #9 - Happily Ever After?
Jack dreams that she is attack by a monster (possibly decaying tumor-covered mutant werewolf thing) and Diane dreams that she eats Jack ("no, it wasn't like that.") Later Diane seems to get attacked by the mutant werewolf thing, but then doesn't seem to be. It's probably a metaphor for the insane lesbian killer thing but it's never really executed well. Diane leaves for France as planned, but they the goodbyes end badly, however, Jack does send Diane the tape Jack's brother made which to Jack symbolises true love (The Flying Picket's version of Yazoo's "Only You.")
- Rules that are followed in this film: 2, 4, 10.
- Rules that are partially followed, or not clear, in this film: 1, 3,
5, 6, 7.
- Rules not followed by the film: 9.
- Rule not applied to this film: 8.