Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Looking's Positive Review
When I first watched the new HBO show "Looking" I thought it was just another lame attempt by the TV gurus to capitalize on the public's curiosity with gay men. I was surprised to see this very positive review in the Advocate. It's been renewed for a second season. I expected the Advocate would criticize how the show portrays gay men....but they didn't. They seem to embrace it.
I can't believe how deeply the author of this article analyzed the show. It's made me think much more and watch much closer. The character I can identify with is Patrick. He's the most "establishment" of the group -- well educated, good job, good looking, a product of affluent suburbia. Is he str8 acting? I sure don't immediately think gay when I see him. He's out.....but sometimes uncomfortable with it. The author says Patrick needs to confront his internalized homophobia. What am I missing here? The other characters seem like stereotypes of various "varieties" of gay men.
Patrick's relationship with Richie only works behind closed doors. It's awkward in public. It's the mixing of two different socioeconomic classes. Patrick is embarrassed of Richie's job. Patrick is uptight....but is that a gay thing? This relationship is doomed.
The wedding scene was so awkward for Patrick. He's solo at his sister's wedding after Richie takes off. It's so obviously painful for him. At the end his father says, "This wedding cost $40,000. Are you going to want a bash like this too?" The message is, "You're my other daughter."