This post is part of my movie-a-day challenge in which I will watch a film every day for 365 days. Today is Day 63. You can see all the posts for this challenge HERE. To see the original Movie-a-Day Challenge post, click HERE.
Hey there, friends! 🌟
So, I just had to spill the tea on “Fire Island,” the 2022 film directed by Andrew Ahn. I mean, it’s not every day you come across a movie that’s a mishmash of humor, emotions, and, you know, that feel-good vibe. This had me simultaneously clutching my pearls and cackling like a hyena on tequila shots.
First off, the plot – oh my, it’s a hoot! Imagine Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” (yes, the classic about rich gals and brooding dudes) but set in modern times on Fire Island, a legendary gay vacation spot where pecs are tan, abs are sculpted, and drama unfolds faster than a tide rolling in. It’s like someone took a fancy old painting and splashed it with every color in the rainbow. 🌈 The story revolves around two best friends, Noah and Howie, played by Joel Kim Booster (who also wrote this gem) and Bowen Yang. These guys are on a quest for love (aren’t we all?), but with a twist – there are no straight rules in this game! 🤹♂️
Joel Kim Booster as Noah is a total scene-stealer. He’s witty, he’s got sass, and his one-liners? They’re like a chef’s kiss 🤌 – perfectly timed and hilariously relatable. And Bowen Yang as Howie? Oh boy, he’s the sweet cinnamon roll of the group, and watching his journey of self-discovery and romance is like a warm hug.
The chemistry among the cast is off the charts. It’s like watching a group of real-life friends, and you can’t help but wish you were part of their squad. You’ve got Margaret Cho as the mother hen of the group, Erin, who owns the house where they all stay. She’s like that cool aunt who lets you drink but also slips in life lessons when you least expect it.
I loved the humor in this film! It’s like they took all the awkwardness of dating, the craziness of friendships, and the quirks of queer culture, mixed them in a blender, and served it with a side of sarcasm and wit. There were moments I laughed so hard, I almost spilled my popcorn. 🍿
Of course, it wouldn’t be a rom-com without a meet-cute — well, maybe two meet cutes in this case…but no spoilers here (because spoilers are the devil). Let’s just say they warmed my heart.
Now, “Fire Island” isn’t just about finding your summer fling, though. It’s about the magic of chosen families, the messy beauty of self-discovery, and the fierce loyalty that binds us together. The film also touches on some heavier themes, like class differences and the struggle for acceptance, but it’s done in a way that’s not preachy – more like, “Hey, here’s what’s up, let’s chat about it over a beer.” 🍻
Yes, the plot might be as predictable as a sunrise, and the humor leans heavily on slapstick and one-liners. But the infectious energy, the diverse and lovable characters, and the unapologetic celebration of queer joy make “Fire Island” a total beach read come to life. Plus, did I mention the soundtrack? It’s a disco inferno of Whitney Houston bangers and Donna Summer anthems, guaranteed to get your booty shaking and your inner diva strutting.
So, if you’re looking for an escape filled with laughter, friendship, and enough abs to fill a lifeguard station, set sail for “Fire Island.” Just remember to pack your sunscreen, your sense of humor, and maybe a metaphorical tiara—because you never know when your own beachside rom-com might unfold.
Until tomorrow, stay fabulous and remember, sometimes the best summer flings are the ones that turn into lifelong friendships.
Yours in beachy bliss,