If you’re looking for a romantic comedy that is a shock, albeit a grounded and delightful one, to the romantic comedy genre, go watch The Feels, directed by Jenée LaMarque and co-written by LaMarque and Lauren Parks.
It’s a love story that delves into the finer nuances of sexuality and sexual identity in a way that’s more endearing and sweet than voyeuristic, which it could very easily have been. In fact, the movie, as a whole, exists in a space where any sort of hang-ups or pre-conceived notions about sexuality (LGBTQ specifically) are thrown out the window and all the characters just get to be who they are in a quietly beautiful way. The story takes places over a bachelorette party weekend in a cabin, showing what love could be if people, whoever they may be, loved who they loved without surface level judgment.
The direction from LaMarque of the fully improvised performances is very impressive as they really don’t seem improvised. The chemistry of the leads Constance Wu and Angela Trimbur along with comic reliefs Ever Mainaird and Josh Fadem all make it feel both real and well-crafted at the same time.
By the way, here’s the trailer.
The Feels is available now on VOD on all digital platforms. You can (and should) actually get it on iTunes right now right here.