Another year rolls by, and there are no tv or big studio holiday films starring or even featuring lesbian, bi or queer women. Jenna Laurenzo and her Thanksgiving comedy, Lez Bomb, aims to change that. Lez Bomb has been a passion project for Laurenzo, who you may remember from her popular short film, Girl Night Stand. The film stars Laurenzo as Lauren, a woman in her mid-twenties who has a loving but quirky family, who she has yet to come out to. She chooses Thanksgiving to do so, even inviting her girlfriend Hailey (Caitlin Mehner) along. Things don’t go according to plan, and hilarity and heart ensue. If that’s not enough to convince you to check out Lez Bomb, here are four big reasons.
1. It’s actually funny. Like, really funny. Laurenzo also wrote and directed the film, and her script is the right combination of mad-cap and heartwarming. There are laugh out loud moments and a genuine air of fun that weaves throughout the disastrous dinner party.
2. It has an incredible cast. Chloris Leachman as a sassy and observant grandma. Bruce Dern as a mischievous grandpa. Kevin Pollak as a protective papa. The cast is one of the best I’ve seen in an LGBTQ comedy, ever. Laurenzo holds her own as Lauren and works beautifully off the cast, making her a protagonist to root for, even as she fumbles. Leading lady Lauren is often the straight-man (pardon the pun) to her outrageous family, but that takes a certain skill as well.
3. It’s written, directed and stars an out lesbian. Yes, Laurenzo is out and proud and committed to making stories for her community.
4. It’s complicated. Lez Bomb isn’t just a film about relationships or family, or even coming out. It’s also about what it means to walk through life thinking you know who you are, then realizing you are something else. And what it means to accept that, and love yourself, not in spite of it, but because of it.
Lez Bomb comes out (heh heh) on November 9th in select theatres and on demand.