Gather ’round, brothers, sisters, and siblings of neutral gender: I’d like to thank you all personally for being good little bois and grrrls this year, because what other explanation is there for the gods to bestow this gift upon us?
From the screenwriter who brought you fucking Philadelphia (YEAH), comes a film based on the documentary short Freeheld, which follows the story of Laurel Hester, a New Jersey police lieutenant dying of cancer, who tried to amend the Domestic Partnership Act so that her partner of six years, a mechanic named Stacie Andree, could receive her pension. Of course, the state of New Jersey (specifically, the county the couple resided in) had to be a sack of dicks about it because the couple wasn’t legally married, leaving a dying woman and her primary caretaker to fight yet another battle they didn’t have the time or energy for (but did anyway).
Playing Laurel in the fictional film version will be Julianne Moore, and playing her mechanic girlfriend with a heart of goddamned gold will be none other than Ellen Page. Will she finally buzz her long-haired andro-butch mane to get in touch with the real Stacie Andree’s look? We can only light candle after candle in hopeful vigil.
Oh, yeah. Steve Carell just replaced Zack Galifianakis in some role in the film, too, but like, whatever, ELLEN AND JULIANNE FIGHTING BULLSHIT SOCIETAL NORMS TILL THE END, AMIRITE?
If you’d like to transform into a puddle of tears on your way out to sea right now, you can check out the trailer for the original documentary short version of Freeheld below to get a sense of the story and the characters (and to tip your hat to Hester and Andree for their incredibly cinematic May-December/cougar-rakish youngster love for the ages).