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Strange Bedfellows is a 2004 Australian film starring Paul Hogan and Michael Caton.

In a small Australian town, Vince Hopgood (Hogan) owns the local movie theatre and several other businesses, and is having trouble paying his taxes because his ex-wife got everything. The news of a new tax benefit for homosexual couples gives Vince an idea: he and best friend Ralph Williams (Caton) can claim to be a couple and receive the benefits. Two complications develop: the whole town finding out, and the national government sending an investigator to make sure the men's relationship is legitimate.


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This film features examples of:

  • Black Like Me: Two working class men from a small country town claim to be gay in order to receive a tax benefit available to couples. However, word leaks out and most of the town ends thinking they are actually gay.
  • Coming-Out Story: The film uses this trope in an interesting fashion - two (straight) men living in a small country town registered as a gay couple in order to claim tax benefits, but then had to convince a tax inspector that they really were a couple. Thus, they have to go through all the travails of a Coming-Out Story in a (typically gossip-driven) small town, without actually being gay in the first place. Mostly played for laughs, but with a reasonably sensitive Aesop mixed in.

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