"Losing Sexual Orientation"
What You Need To Know:
This is the kind of movie that may win some critical acclaim, but not any box office money. Directed by Kevin Bacon, it is small, character driven and asks us to sympathize with a crazy woman with homosexual tendencies. Elizabeth supposedly cures Chase of her illness; however, if Chase regains her mental coherence, but loses her sexuality and her marriage, then she is not healed but is further harmed. Chase is, in fact, lost. LOSING CHASE has some obscenities and a lesbian kiss. Ultimately, this movie is more lesbian propaganda
(Ro, LL, S, N, M) Romantic worldview of coping with mental illness, with homosexual elements; 5 obscenities & 6 profanities; no violence; one lesbian kiss; woman in underwear; smoking; and alcohol use.
Now more than ever, actors are stepping behind the lens to direct films. These may be as ambitious as BRAVEHEART, directed by Mel Gibson, or as small and quaint as LOSING CHASE, directed by Kevin Bacon. Starring his wife, Kyra Sedgwick, as a care-giver, it tells the story of a middle-aged woman who suffers from mental illness on Martha’s Vineyard. A probing character study, the movie examines societal expectations, coping with pain and discovering happiness.
Chase Phillips (Helen Mirren) lives with her husband, Richard (Beau Bridges), on Martha’s Vineyard. When she can no longer cope with the expectations of snobbish neighbors who demand that she conform to a certain standard of living, Chase suffers a mental breakdown. She is admitted to a mental hospital. After several months, Chase returns home and discovers that Richard has hired a young, attractive care-giver, named Elizabeth Cole (Kyra Sedgwick). Elizabeth will not only look after the two Phillips boys, Richard and Jason, but also Chase.
Initially, Chase hates the idea of a care-giver and verbally abuses Elizabeth. However, Elizabeth is patient and is not easily offended. This strength impresses Chase, and slowly her depression starts to lift. Glad that his wife is recovering, Richard goes to work in Boston. Soon, the two adult women form a bond that transcends the pretentious world of Martha’s Vineyard. Chase discovers that Elizabeth had a mother who committed suicide and has a sister who is institutionalized for life. Chase develops not only a friendship, but a physical attraction to Elizabeth. One day on the beach, Chase kisses Elizabeth, causing Elizabeth to recoil and question her own sanity. Little Richard sees the kiss, fears the worst, calls his father and the movie climaxes with a confrontation among the three adults.
This is the kind of movie that may win some critical acclaim, but not any box office money. It is small, character driven and asks us to sympathize with a crazy woman with homosexual tendencies. All the actors seem to strive for excellence in portraying their characters, but the subject matter is sad, and the result is so tragic that moral Americans will want to stay away. This is not a feel-good movie.
Mental illness is a serious problem that deserves a serious film treatment. Helen Mirren does a fine job of acting mad and angered. However, this movie does not explore the root causes of her collapse. It does show her developing a crush on a woman. In fact, Chase tells Richard that Elizabeth is able to do something for her that he never could accomplish, which directly contradicts God’s word (Exodus 15:26). In love, healing can occur, but if Chase regains her mental coherence, but loses her sexuality and her marriage, then she is not healed, but further harmed. Chase is, in fact, lost. Ultimately, this movie is lesbian propaganda.