"If some queer-radical types object to the film on political or ideological grounds, there's a sense in which they're right to do so," writes Salon's Andrew O'Hehir. "This movie definitely isn't aimed at them." Why would they object?
The reason, it appears, lies in a spoiler that's hinted at in the trailer. So if you hate those, stop reading now.
The film's marketing is clearly positioning it as a relatable universal tale, centered around two upper-income, middle-aged lesbian moms played by Annette Bening and Julianne Moore. For director and co-writer Lisa Cholodenko, it's also an explicit play for the mainstream — which could clearly benefit from a storyteller of her talents. (O'Hehir casually calls the film "one of the most compelling and rewarding portraits of a middle-class American marriage in cinema history, as well as one of the funniest." Um, because my hopes weren't set incredibly high already?)