It Really Does Get Better

In search of answers, Alexa finds herself.


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Bumblefuck, USA is probably one of the best stories – and certainly the most fitting – of our time.

Alexa, a young woman from Amsterdam makes her way out to Iowa after a friend and pen pal has killed himself. Alexa journeys with the hopes of finding answers and insight to her friend’s death. She interviews members of the community and specifically members of the local LGBT community.

Interviews and personal experiences give Alexa an in-depth look at life as a gay person in a small town in America. Along the way, she makes friends and enemies. For as much as she is impacted by the townspeople, they are equally impacted by her.

At no point did I feel I was watching a scripted movie. The dialogue and interactions are so well naturally played. The cinematography was absolutely gorgeous. I was quickly caught up in the storyline. In fact, I found myself speaking out loud in reaction to it; thankfully my dogs didn’t seem too bothered by it. But it really is that kind of movie. It’s not an action thriller, but the movie moves quickly and smoothly.

It is a beautiful mixture of storyline and interviews. The transitions are seamless; they are relevant, poignant, and enhancing to the storyline. It is executed perfectly. It is a very powerful and moving story. The experiences are deep and real. It challenges us mentally and emotionally.

*I will say this: without giving too much away, there is one particularly disturbing scene. Be prepared to be uncomfortable.*

It is a riveting movie that is perfectly and beautifully cast. It is not your typical romance movie, but the message behind it is so much greater. It is all encompassing. The themes are about friendship, self-reflection, personal strength and resilience, life, death, tragedy, and triumph. The ending of the film is simply perfect. It is a must see for all of us in the LGBT community.

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