Gramercy Pictures (I) | Release Date: August 21, 1998
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ChadS.May 25, 2007
"Your Friends and Neighbors" is "Husbands and Wives" with gay husbands and lesbian wives. Conditioned over the years by countless films that depict heterosexual relationships, an alternative sexual orientation makes us aware that we "Your Friends and Neighbors" is "Husbands and Wives" with gay husbands and lesbian wives. Conditioned over the years by countless films that depict heterosexual relationships, an alternative sexual orientation makes us aware that we unintentionally efface the possibility of latent homosexuality in seemingly straight people. When Terri(Catherine Keener) weeps over her husband's infidelity, it may strike a false note for many viewers(including me) because in most films, the woman is crying over her cheatin' man. Even though Terri is having an affair with Cheri(Nastassja Kinski), an art assistant she met at a museum, we still hold on to our orthodox preconceptions about ideal love(as it's presented in the movies; the love between a man and a woman), and that Terri does has some hidden resevoir of feelings for Jerry(Ben Stiller), a man we thought she abhorred. But late in "Your Friends and Neighbors", Terri tells Jerry(who slept with his best friend's wife) that her affair is more honorable because she "...had the decency to f***** outside their social circle." She seems to be obliquely making reference to Mary(Amy Brenneman), who oddly enough, is the one person who never meets Terri's girlfriend. Terri was probably crying over an unrequited love for Mary. She and her husband have the same taste in women. Expand
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