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Gay Movie Tops Year-End List


The best-loved rom-com of the year is about two dudes

Possibly giving pause to all you New Year's Eve fans out there, the number one rated romantic film of 2011 turns out not to star a few dozen A-list stars, but two relative unknowns.

It's not a movie about a holiday in the life of impossibly beautiful straight couples, but is, instead, the story of an intimate weekend shared by two--gasp!--men. It is, however, named after the days over which it takes place. It is Weekend, directed and written by Out100 honoree Andrew Haigh and starring Tom Cullen (see our story with him here) and Chris New.

Weekend follows its two stars as they meet up, hook up, and talk each other up over the course of just two days. The film was praised for its dead-on portrayal of how two people can walk away changed from even the briefest meetings, but its September release saw less than record-breaking ticket sales (they trickled in at under $500,000).

Despite this, Weekend has seen its comeuppance in the form of movie review aggregating site Rotten Tomatoes' Golden Tomato Award for its 95-percent approval rating, besting all the other romance films of 2011. So, aside from its lack of anything remotely related to Ashton Kutcher, Weekend got its success not just by being honest about gay people but also by revealing truths about all people. [via The Advocate]

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