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Out at the Wedding is a 2007 Romantic Comedy about a woman pretending to be a lesbian.

Alex Houston told her fiance that all of her close family was dead. Unfortunately, this comes back to haunt her when she goes to her sister Jeanie's wedding and mentions that she's engaged. Alex's best friend makes up a lie that she's marrying a woman and Alex, afraid that her family will act racist towards her boyfriend, goes with it. Now, Alex has to find out how to deal with her lies when her sister Jeanie comes over to visit. She hires a lesbian named Risa to pretend to be her girlfriend. However, things take an unusual turn when Risa and Jeanie end up bonding.


Out at the Wedding provides examples of:

  • The Beard:
    • Jeanie's husband is an unwitting beard. She had realized she was lesbian as a kid but was so ashamed by it that she repressed it well into adulthood.
    • Alex pays Risa to act like her girlfriend.
  • Butch Lesbian:
    • Risa is a soft butch woman and is openly gay.
    • At one point Alex attempts to act like a butch lesbian. She comes off as a terrible stereotype, which the others point out.
  • Camp Gay: Jonathan is a quirky and flamboyant gay man.
  • Closet Key: Risa acts as this towards Jeanie.
  • Coming-Out Story: Jeanie ends up coming to terms with her sexuality over the course of the film.
  • Gayngst: After kissing a girl at summer camp when she was younger, Jeanie went into denial about her sexuality until she met her Closet Key.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Exploited with Alex's boyfriend's name. It's "Dana", which she uses for Risa as well.
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  • Lipstick Lesbian: Jeanie turns out to be one. She's very femme but has kept it a secret that she's gay.
  • Stepford Smiler: Alex's "perfect" sister Jeanie is a downplayed example. She's not exactly depressed, however she isn't as picture-perfect happy as Alex believes.
  • Twofer Token Minority: Alex's boyfriend Dana is a black Jewish man. Her friend Jonathan is a white gay man.