It's different for women: lesbian characters can often be seen making out for "practice" Cruel Intentions, John Tucker Must Die , or pretending to be gay as a means to arouse male characters American Pie 2. The best on-screen lesbian relationships we've seen in major studio comedies were written by straight, cisgender men, like Christopher Guest, or straight-identifying couples, such as Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone. The duo sport a tandem costume, going as a pair of boobs. The kiss is a fake-out—a brazen jab at queerness as viewed through the straight male lens. Directed by Lucia Aniello, it was smart, biting and pugnacious in all the right ways—but the crux of the movie was the loudness of its queer protagonists. Inspired by the Bechdel Test, films that pass the Russo Test must contain an LGBTQ character not solely defined by their sexuality, and whose removal would significantly affect the film. When you're raised on movies that portray female queerness as a fluke, finding a film like Rough Night feels like a mirage in desert heat.
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While lesbians are usually the target of fewer homophobic jokes in movies, they're treated to a different kind of homophobia.
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But all of these films were made by independent studios, and by no means were they consumed by the kind of mainstream audience Rough Night was marketed toward. As a lesbian, watching an out, queer female love story unfold on screen in this way was emotional. But her queerness is put on display as a means to satisfy Peter's libido. When you're raised on movies that portray female queerness as a fluke, finding a film like Rough Night feels like a mirage in desert heat.