LOVE IS STRANGE “Lost again! If only there was some kind of landmark around here....”

THE LOVE BETWEEN George and Ben (Alfred Molina and John Lithgow, respectively) is perfectly normal. They're gay, but nobody thinks that's strange anymore. (Right? They shouldn't, anyway.) They live a simple life in New York City, and as the film opens, the two are marrying after 39 years as partners. Alas, their decision to marry costs George his job teaching music at a Catholic school, which considers the marriage to be a public stance against the church—at which point the couple are forced to sell their apartment and stay with friends and family while trying to get back on their feet.

Even though the relationship between Ben and George is the anchor of the film, these two get precious few scenes together. But when they do, the whole struggle makes sense: They are perfect together. You want them to be together. They make you care about what happens in their ordinary lives.

Love Is Strange is comforting in its normalcy; George and Ben's families bicker and say hurtful things and worry about money. Marisa Tomei is great as the kind-but-irritated niece, and Cheyenne Jackson and Manny Perez steal scenes as against-type gay cops. Everybody's got their own issues while they try to help sort out Ben and George's. So why see it, when you might have money problems and petty arguments in your own life? Because you'll care. It's beautiful. It's honest. And just like love, it feels nice, and that can be enough.

So. Why the title Love Is Strange? None of this seems strange. Unless the filmmakers are saying the whole concept of LOOOOOVE is strange. People hurt each other. People die. You're going to cry when the person you love goes away. But what are you going to do—not love? Of course you will. Because that's a feeling that makes life feel good.