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  • lesmovies8 January 2006
    I give this an overall 10 for acting and being so true to human behavior, and not just about lesbianism. Very good in depth character study. This movie would be good for a women's study group or class. Hartley is very good in this film for being a knowledgeable woman who is looking for what's missing in her life, only to find she already seems to have it. She plays a very emotionally secure woman; not seen so often. Great movie, also with Sada Thomas from the old TV series, Family. All characters so a great job at acting. Why did this movie not make it into video? I would love to see it again.
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    The second of two TV films dealing with homosexuality in 1986, "My Two Loves" fares a little better than its predecessor, the awful "Welcome Home, Bobby." Unfortunately, it has much in common with that benighted film, mainly a reliance on clichés, and a complete lack of understanding about homosexuality.

    This film centers on recently widowed Gail Springer (Mariette Hartley), who is working to support her daughter, Amy (Sara Inglis). Her mother, Dorothea (Sada Thompson in a truly regrettable performance), keeps insisting that she date and remarry so that Amy can have a father. Into the picture comes Ben (Barry Newman in an equally regrettable performance), Gail's husband's partner and former best friend. Dorothea thinks Ben is the perfect solution to Gail's problems, referring to him as her "gentleman caller." When Gail confides her unhappiness with her situation to her co-worker, Marjorie (Lynn Redgrave), she finds a sympathetic listener and friend. Then Marjorie comes out to Gail, and expresses her desire to be Gail's "lady caller." The women begin a relationship, but when Dorothea finds out, she tells Ben and threatens to take Amy away from Gail. And then things get really complicated...

    The setup is promising, but the execution is disappointing. Instead of really exploring Gail's journey towards self knowledge, the movie settles for very standard reactions from characters that quickly become cardboard cutouts. Marjorie is a smug woman who treats Ben as a lesser life form. Ben is so pitifully chauvinistic that you find yourself siding with Marjorie, rather than feeling sympathy for his confusion at the turn events have taken. And as a mother, Dorothea is right up with Joan Crawford, breaking her daughter's confidences, and treating her emerging sexuality as bad behavior which must be punished. It's little wonder Gail ends up in therapy with this trio around her. The bigger question is why it takes her so long to free herself from all of them.

    What is perhaps most frustrating about this movie is that the performances from a strong cast are so weak. Thompson and Newman are both talented actors, yet neither of them manages to show the person beneath the platitudes. Redgrave fares much better, managing to make Marjorie likable in spite of her smugness, and even showing Marjorie's vulnerability in her final scene with Gail. The only one to truly rise above the material she's given is Mariette Hartley, who shows the many facets of Gail's life with diamond-like clarity.

    In spite of its many flaws, this is still an enjoyable film, so long as you're willing to lower your expectations enough. But if you're looking for a skillful portrait of a woman dealing with her sexuality in middle age, don't expect to find it here.
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    *************************SPOILERS************************* Gail Springer (Mariette Hartley)seeing a therapist, asking,"Am I a lesbian? Am I bisexual? Am I straight? What am I?"; Gail meeting up with both Ben (Barry Newman)her male date and Marjorie Lloyd (Lynn Redgrave), her female date and when the two dates were left together at a table, Ben was being rude and bigoted towards Marjorie; Gail tearfully breaking up with both Ben and Marjorie to sort out her feelings; Gail entering her daughter's room to tell her what's been going on with her, only Amy (Sara Inglis) is distracted, listening to her Walkman, so when Amy realized her mom wants her attention, Gail smiles and says,"Nothing", and you know everything will be fine, that she's got this inner conflict under control. I'd give this movie a 6.5 out of 10.