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Emily: "Why do people hate us so much?"
Jude: "I guess they don't understand love like ours. Maybe they never will"
Emily: "But...Isn't our love same as theirs?"
Jude: "It is."
Emily: "Maybe someone should teach them that."

Originally, Love is all you need? was a 2012 short film by Kim Rocco Shields, detailing the life of a heterosexual theater-loving girl falling for her male classmate in the world, where heterosexuality was tabooed and prosecuted, just like homosexuality is in ours. After a period of initial obscurity the short suddenly rose to fame on YouTube, prompting Rocco Shields to make a full-length movie in 2016. The movie expands upon the story from the original short, while also adding another story of a star quarterback Jude Klein falling in love with Ryan Morris, a shy but sweet journalist with both girls facing dire consequences after others find out about their sexuality. The film also goes into more detail about the attitude towards heterosexuality than the short did: the church officials preach against it, as do officials of all levels, there are derogative slurs for heterosexuals and the bullies of all ages are more than happy to brutalize people for their 'deviant' sexuality.


The original short has an IMDB page and can be viewed here. The movie also has a page on the other wiki and its own official website. Watch it here.

Not to be confused with a Danish movie of the same name staring Pierce Brosnan or a song by The Beatles.


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    Examples shared by the short and the film 
  • Acceptable Professional Targets: In the short we get Ashley's teacher, who tells her that her sexuality is just a phase and will pass as soon as she gets a girlfriend. Then there's school administration and reverend Duncan in the movie.
  • Adult Fear: Imagine your child coming home crying and beaten and refusing to talk about it.
  • An Aesop: Bullying and sanctimonious attitude are never right, regardless of which sexuality they target. So sad as it is to say, no. Love isn't all you need.
  • All Straights Love Theater: Ashely in the short and her counterpart Emily in the movie.
  • Bath Suicide: Attempted by Ashley in the short and Emily in the movie. The former actually dies.
  • Bizarro Universe: Heterosexuality is considered abnormal instead of homosexuality.
  • Black Sheep: Quite possibly, all the main characters.
  • Break the Cutie: Can be applied to all the girls.
  • The Bully: Seen in abundance in both the short and the film.
  • Bury Your Straights: In the short Ashley kills herself after being brutally beaten up by the bullies in her school, while in the movie Ryan is, kidnapped by heterophobic bullies and brutally beaten to death at the same merry-go-round, where he and Jude first kissed.
  • Cure Your Straights: Alluded to in the opening sequence of short and expanded upon in the movie. To be more precise, Reverend Duncan lives and breathes this trope, actively preaching it to her parishioners even before encouraging some of them to kidnap and brutalize Ryan.
  • Coming-Out Story: Given the setting, it overlaps with Coming Straight Story for all the main characters and it goes very well...NOT!.
  • Condescending Compassion: Expressed by Ashley's drama teacher in the short and then in spades by Reverend Rachel in the movie.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Heterosexuality in the movie is treated much like homosexuality is still viewed by some of the most conservative people in real life, complete with bullying, religious propaganda and firing teachers over speaking out for gay rights.
  • Driven to Suicide / Gayngst-Induced Suicide: Ashley in the short and Emily in the movie. Emily gets better. Ashley doesn't..
  • Everyone Is Gay: And persecuting heterosexuals.
  • Forbidden Love: Every heterosexual relationship is treated this way.
  • Forced Out of the Closet:
    • In the short Ashley gets caught by a bunch of bullies, when trying to kiss Paul. Said bullies then chase her across the school, beat her up and write 'Hetero' on her face, thus outing her to her parents when she comes home.
    • Similar thing happens to Emily in the movie.
    • Then there's Jude, who gets outed after Kelly prints out the pictures of her and Ryan and spreads them all over the university.
    • Finally, Ryan was suspected of being straight anyway and basically confirmed this when refusing to play 'seven minutes in heaven' with another guy and walking out of his fraternity.
  • Gayngst: Experienced by absolutely all of the protagonists.
  • Gender Flip:
    • We only get to see all-female American Football teams in the movie, while theater is generally considered to be something for boys.
    • We now have Adam and Steve instead of Adam and Eve.
    • Also Romeo and Juliet was re-written in-universe as Romeo And Julio.
  • Has Two Mommies: Everyone is raised by same-sex parents, opposite-sex couples raising a child is considered deviant.
  • Hate Sink:
    • Reverend Rachel Duncan from the movie: she's a manipulative, shallow community leader, who not only preaches hatred towards heterosexuals and instigates the events of the latter half of the movie but feels no remorse for any of it.
    • Bullies from both the short and the movie possibly count as well,what with mercilessly bullying an innocent girl and driving her to attempt suicide and all. Specific mention should go to Paula from the movie though, who casually tells her shocked fathers about what she did to Emily.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Gay?: Could be applied to both the short and the movie. Even though the setting makes it clear to us that Everyone Is Gay, we don't get to see all that many displays of affection between same-sex couples and only get a heterosexual sex scene in the film. However, this is more than justified, given both the short's and the movie's anti-bullying message.
  • Have You Tried Not Being a Monster?: How nearly everyone reacts upon learning that a person is straight.
  • Hereditary Homosexuality: Everyone except the main characters.
  • Heterophobic Hate Crime:
    • Ashley in the short and Emily in the movie get severely bullied by other schoolkids and harassed. And try to commit suicide. And Ashley's attempt pays of.
    • Ryan in the movie is kidnapped, bitten up and left to die
  • Homonormative Crusader: Pretty much everyone around the main characters in both stories but specifically:
    • Ashley's teacher from the short.
    • Reverend Rachel, full stop.
    • Guys from Ryan's fraternity take it to the extreme by kidnapping, beating and ultimately murdering Ryan for being heterosexual.
    • Bullies in both the short and the movie.
  • Irrational Hatred: How most of the society treats heterosexuals. Especially Reverend Rachel.
  • Love-Interest Traitor: Paul in the short and Kelly in the movie. Both, however, either regret their actions right away or come to regret them later.
  • Masculine–Feminine Gay Couple:
    • Ashley's/Emily's mothers. Vicki is seen coming back from work, while Karen stays at home in the short. Vicky is also the one, who wants her daughter to get into football and pays for her coaching and demands to know what happened when Emily comes home after getting beat up and defaced in both versions. Karen in the meantime acts more emotionally and gently and seems to be more encouraging when it comes to her daughter's hobbies.
    • Jude and Kelly in the movie. Kelly is a sports player and generally acts more like One of the Guys, while Kelly is more of a Girly Girl.
    • Movie also gives us Mr. Thompson, Emily and Ian's drama teacher, and his husband, the coach. The latter is seen cooking and doing chores, while the teacher himself works on rewriting Romeo and Juliet for his school production.
  • No Bisexuals: Bisexuality does not get addressed. At all.
  • No Heterosexual Sex Allowed: Played With. Heterosexual sex is considered necessary for procreation but actually enjoying it is considered perverse.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • In the short that's how Ashley reacts when the bullies catch her trying to kiss Paul.
    • The movie has quite a few:
      • Ian gets one when Paula sees him reciting Romeo and Juliet.
      • Jude's reaction when she sees the first of many pictures of her and Ryan that Kelly has hung all over the campus.
      • And later right before the entire enemy team tackles her.
      • Karen when she sees that Emily has found videos of Ryan being maimed on the internet and realizes that her daughteris about to try and kill herself.
      • On a more positive side, Reverend Rachel when FBI show her the proof of her instructing her acolytes to 'Do God's work'.
    FBI Agent: Congratulations...You are now an accessory to a hate crime.
  • Only Has Same-Sex Admirers: Everyone by default.
  • Out of the Closet, Into the Fire / Trauma Conga Line:
    • In the short:
      • Ashley gets chased through the school by a gang of bullies and brutally beaten up after they find her trying to kiss Paul. She comes home, gets seen by her parents, who start arguing about moving away and harm that might come to her brother, leading Ashley to lock herself up in the bathroom and slice her wrists with razors. She bleeds to her death..
    • In the movie:
      • Jude gets attacked by a rival football team, while her teammates just stand around, watch and even high-five at the sight of it. The attack is so severe that she ends up being hospitalized and is later seen using crutches to walk with one of her arms bandaged.
      • Emily is at first harassed by a tidal wave of hate messages and called names and is then beaten up by Paula and other bullies at the end of the movie. Her parents freak out when she comes home and end up arguing about her being sick, leading her to attempt suicide. She survives but still...
      • Ryan gets it the worst. He is tied up, kidnapped, beaten up and left to die by a group of religious fanatics.
  • Persecution Flip: The Movie
  • Puppy Love: A rather bitter variation thereof between Ashley and Paul in the short and Emily and Ian in the movie.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure:
    • First of, we have Karen, mother of Ashley/Emily. She is far more encouraging than Vicky when it comes to her daughter's hobbies and tries to soothe her when she comes home after getting beaten up.
    • The movie gives us Mr. Thompson, the drama teacher. He protects Emily from Paula and the bullies and encourages her to still audition for Romeo and Juliet .
    • His husband counts as well. He doesn't seem to care about Jude's sexuality as long as she is good on the field, supports her before and during her big game and even defends her against the infuriated crowd when she gets hospitalized after being tackled and severely injured by the enemy team.
    Coach Thompson: Look at what you're doing! This is God's work!? You'd better pray to God she's alive!
  • Secret Relationship / Star-Crossed Lovers:
    • Ashley and Paul in the short
    • Ryan and Jude in the movie.
  • Straight Panic / Think of the Children!:
    • Vicky orders Ashley to take a longer road to school to avoid going by heterosexual couple's house. Ditto for the movie.
    • Also in the movie re-writing Romeo and Julio to be heterosexual and thus more historically accurate gets mister Thompson fired.
  • Tears of Fear:
    • In the short:
      • Ashley in the bathroom after getting brutally beaten up by the bullies and right before committing suicide.
    • In the movie:
    Jude(sobbing): Ryan...Everybody knows!
  • Wanted a Gender-Conforming Child: In both short and the movie Vicki wants her daughter to join the football team, which in that universe is considered to be a true feminine sport.
  • The Woobie: Both Ashley and Emily.
  • Your Normal Is Our Taboo: Heterosexuality is tolerated at best but usually violently prosecuted.

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