A late-90s comedy about love, friendship, and the fluidity of sexuality. It stars Kevin McKidd
as Leo, a homosexual man who has just turned 30. Despairing for his social life, he joins a men's support group to explore himself. Along the way he meets Brendan, who is currently living with his ex-girlfriend Sally (coincidentally an old schoolmate of Leo's) and who is also looking for something more. The film also follows Leo's flatmates, Angie (Julie Graham) and Darren (Tom Hollander
), as they navigate their own lives.
This film provides examples of:
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: "They don't need to fight, they need to fuck."
- Camp Gay: Darren
- Erotic Dream: Leo doesn't want to dream about Brendan and asks Angie for something unsexy to read. She recommends Jane Austen. Leo falls asleep and dreams that he and his flatmates are characters having a dreary, stuffy tea party. Then Brendan shows up, dressed as Mr. Darcy. With a whip.
- Everyone Is Bi: Well, not quite everyone, but a large number of the characters. Sort of the film's fundamental hypothesis re: humanity at large.
- Fag Hag: Angie.
- Girls Have Cooties: What Darren's take on the female of the species amounts to.
- Imagine Spot: Leo's fantasies about Brendan.
- Straight Gay: Leo, when he considered himself strictly homosexual. Jeremy as well.
- Shipper on Deck: Almost everyone towards Brendan and Leo. The funniest is probably Adam who insists that Leo got more ham on his sandwich (they both got two slices), that Leo's slices are bigger, and that the row of pickled gherkins on Leo's sandwich is a part of the straight guy code for something.
- Think Unsexy Thoughts: Leo in the sauna with the other members of his men's group. "Margaret Thatcher Margaret Thatcher Margaret Thatcher."