Heterosexual men may be a little nervous, making jokes about sitting close to their wives or girlfriends and holding hands when they see "Brokeback Mountain" so no one makes mistakes about THEIR orientation, but they are going to see it. Opening in just six theaters December 9, demand for the film has exploded, from 1,190 screens last week to an expected 2,000 screens next week, according to Time magazine.
At the Golden Globes in front of almost 19 million TV viewers. Brokeback won for Best Picture, Director and Screenplay. If, as expected, it is nominated for an Oscar, and then receives one, perhaps even "best picture," it could become a social phenomenon that pushes acceptance of gay lifestyles into the American heartland. "A red-state gay movie," producer Craig Zadan calls it. It is packing theaters in Little Rock, Birmingham, and Fort Worth, Texas.
President Bush still won't have anything to do with it -- yet. Asked during an appearance at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas on Monday whether he had seen the movie, he "looked taken aback by the question," according to 365Gay.com Newscenter. "Bush, who fancies himself as a Texas cowboy and who often wears a Stetson,...awkwardly hemmed and hawed." Finally he said: "I'd be glad to talk about ranching, but I haven't seen the movie." That provoked more laughter. Then the President said, "I've heard about it."
Reviews of the movie have been almost uniformly positive. The Google movie review aggregator gives it a 4.6 out of a possible 5, with only one neutral review so far, and no negative ones.
Time reports there has been little criticism of the movie. Well, a little. "On CNN's Larry King, conservative radio host Janet Parshall said, 'What we're witnessing, Larry, is the homosexualizing of America.' And there are plenty of liberal straight guys like Seinfeld co-creator Larry David, who wrote a puckish Op-Ed in the New York Times, confessing, 'Cowboys would have to lasso me, drag me into the theater and tie me to the seat' for him to see it. But most of those who disapprove of Brokeback -- or think they would if they saw it -- have curbed their outrage. They believe it's a serious, sensitive movie."
Maybe Larry David can do an episode of 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' about being dragged to see the movie.
Here's an interview with director Ang Lee by David Lamble.