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Ben and George take advantage of New York's new marriage laws and tie the knot after being together for 39 years. Unfortunately, the Catholic school where George teaches does not approve and they reluctantly fire him, forcing the couple to split up and stay with friends while they sell their apartment and look for cheaper housing.
Drama - This fairly slow and talky drama aimed at older adults has strong gay
themes and is a big showcase for leads John Lithgow and Alfred
Molina; Marisa Tomei also has a prominent supporting role. There is
no sexual content though a few same sex kisses; there is also some
brief strong language.
Roger EbertFull Review Excellent It's a courageous film that's willing to sit in those moments instead of underlining them or hurrying past them, hoping we get the shorthand. 'Love is Strange' is a patient film. The emotions it unleashes are enormous.
USA TodayFull Review Very Good Love Is Strange makes that case with a remarkable blend of tenderness, wit and intelligence.
Entertainment WeeklyFull Review Excellent Sachs, Molina, and Lithgow have given adult moviegoers a perfect piece of summer counterprogramming — a warm, humane, resplendent romance to savor while our days are still long.
NY PostFull Review Good John Lithgow and Alfred Molina beautifully play a gay couple of 39 years who are forced to live temporarily apart in Ira Sach's bittersweet comedy-drama 'Love Is Strange.'
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After nearly four decades together, Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) finally tie the know in an idyllic wedding ceremony in lower Manhattan. But when George loses his job soon after, the couple must sell their apartment and - victims of the relentless New York City real estate market - temporarily live apart until they can find an affordable new home. While George moves in with two cops (Cheyenne Jackson and Manny Perez) who live down stairs, Ben lands in Brooklyn with his nephew (Darren Burrows), his wife (Marisa Tomei), and their temperamental teenage (Charlie Tahan), with whom Ben shares a bunk bed. While struggling with the pain of separation, Ben and George are further challenged by the intergenerational tensions and capricious family dynamics of their new living arrangements.