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Outward
Expanding the LGBTQ Conversation
Aug. 22 2014 3:25 PM

Spoiler Special: Love Is Strange

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Alfred Molina and John Lithgow in Love Is Strange.

Photo by Jeong Park, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies in full, spoiler-filled detail. Below, Slate film critic Dana Stevens talks with Outward’s June Thomas about Love Is Strange, the new film from director Ira Sachs starring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as an older gay couple facing homelessness. Can a movie about gay characters be more than a capital-G Gay Film? Can a small, quiet study of everyday moments succeed in an environment of summer blockbusters? Why has such a gentle film been rated R?

Thomas and Stevens discuss these and other questions below. You can also check out past Spoiler Specials in our archive, and you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Note: As the title indicates, each installment contains spoilers galore.

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Dana Stevens is Slate's movie critic.

June Thomas is a Slate culture critic and editor of Outward, Slate’s LGBTQ section.