Four words: gay Pride and Prejudice. That was how one of 2022's most highly-anticipated films, Fire Island, was teased prior to its release, so it's no wonder that we've been counting down the days to see this romantic comedy starring Saturday Night Live's Bowen Yang and Comedy Central Stand-Up's Joel Kim Booster.
It was after taking a trip to the historically gay vacation destination, Fire Island Pines, and reading a copy of Austen's famous novel of manners that Booster decided to draft the story for this film, one of a string of new releases that mark a shift in the world of rom-coms. While the rom-com genre has typically been dominated by straight storytelling, and while LGBTQ+ films in general have often fallen prey to tragic endings, clichéd coming-out stories or white-dominated casts, Booster and the rest of the queer creators behind the film, including director Andrew Ahn (Driveways), seemingly decided to smash these tired tropes. And boy do they succeed.
Fire Island follows a group of friends who make their annual trip to the titular coastal town, where they plan to spend their time drinking, partying and hooking up with fellow vacationers. However, things get complicated when the group finds themselves mixed up with a pack of wealthy, pretentious visitors, and Yang and Booster's characters discover that two of the strangers might be much sweeter than they first thought.
In the end, the Hulu and Searchlight Pictures film turns out to be a riotous, romantic ride that feels fully authentic to queer experiences, while highlighting narratives that have often been ignored in Hollywood. Keep scrolling to find out why Fire Island is one of the best LGBTQ+ films to come out in recent memory.