Review of “Imagine Me and You”

Gay though it is, the relationship’s gayness is presented as an everyday sort of occasion. We don’t have to see a tortured "I can’t be gay" scene, or another terrible coming out with an unsupportive family.

It is worth noting that while Luce identifies as gay, Rachel never says, in so many words, how she views her sexuality. She’s just fallen in love, and the person in question happens to be a woman; a modern, fluid way of showing a sexuality.

Also up to date is the way that straight characters view gay relationships and gay people. In other words, we've got a lot of progress in acceptance and lack of resistance, but some inequities and unconscious imagery linger. So there is some eyebrow raising at Flowered Up, Luce’s shop, but it is momentary, and Rachel’s mother raises the issue of grandchildren if Luce and Rachel are together, which sets things up for Anthony Stewart Head to deliver a perfect line about turkey basters.

Heck’s difficulty is the same as it would be if Rachel was in love with another man. Heck's friend Cooper (Darren Boyd) fancies Luce, and is undaunted by the news that Luce is gay, saying "Anyone can change teams &#8212 well, I mean not anyone — I wouldn’t."

Getting back to elements not concerned with gay visibility, the casting was spot on. Parker said that in casting, he had a policy of casting only people who he liked and hoping that the fun and interplay between the actors would carry through onscreen. From the excellent chemistry displayed on screen, I'd say his strategy worked.

The supporting roles are also well cast. We get to see Anthony Head (Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Giles) putting in a terrifically funny performance as a none-too-bright, loving father, Ned, who nonetheless has some very perceptive things to say, playing opposite Celia Imrie, in a part written for her, as his long-suffering "I know better than you and we both know it" wife. Boo Henderson as the little girl is an absolute delight not to be missed.

If I were to characterize the way this story was written and presented, high on the list would be balance. Parker keeps situations and dialogue in good taste, bringing strong, honest emotion and sympathy into play, while being quite funny at the same time.

The result is a beautiful, touching, sensitive and sweet &#8212 without being cloying &#8212 stunner of a lovely film that deserves to be seen, even if, as in my case, romantic comedies aren't usually your thing.

So, if you’re looking for a really good date movie this Valentine's Day, don’t rent High Art. Bring her to Imagine Me and You.