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0002: Plan B and Culture-Induced Ambivalence


Plan B is available for download:
Be sure to get to legit subtitles (other versions are just awful): (look for and click: Plan B (2009).srt (46642bytes))

Plan B is a classic love story. Boy (Bruno) gets dumped by girl. Boy takes revenge on girl by jokingly seducing girl's new boy (Pablo) away from her. Taking a page for Gore Vidal's The City and the Pillar, boys accidentally fall in love with each other and destroy heteronormativity.

Plan B has practical tips on turning guys:

* Stalk ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend at the gym
* Mention your shared loved of a TV show and that your TV does not work
* Get invited to his house
* Get drunk at a party and pretend that he's your boyfriend, kiss
* Get drunk at another party and kiss again
* Trick him into kissing you when neither of you are drunk
* Sex
Contrast with the Grero Method:

* Tell men to read Grero
* Sex
Both are missing steps for sure. But seriously, notable dialogue:

--- Quote from: Pablo @ 44 ---No... I consider you a friend, we can't do it. You're going to look back at this different kiss, and you're going to think I'm a fag. And then I'll lose you as a friend.
--- End quote ---

The usual theme: friends cannot love each other. This ambivalence is similar to the campfire scene from My Own Private Idaho:

--- Quote from: My Own Private Idaho ---Mike: I don't know, whatever... What do I mean to you?

Scott: What do you mean to me? Mike, you're my best friend.

Mike: I know man. I know I'm your friend. We're good friends. And it's good to be, you know, good friends. That's a good thing.

Scott: So?

Mike: So, I just... that's okay. We're gonna be friends.

Scott: I only have sex with a guy for money.

Mike: Yeah.

Scott: And two guys can't love each other.

Mike: Yeah. Well, I don't know, I mean, for me, I could love someone even if I wasn't paid for it. I love you and you don't pay me.
--- End quote ---

Even though Pablo wants sex with Bruno, he gets shy:

--- Quote from: Pablo @ 1:19:00 ---I love you too ... but I can't. This makes no sense. I don't like guys. I may try it once ... but it will not change. You know? I'm sorry ... I mean it, forgive me. But ... I thought about everything, but I know I don't. I know that ... We're not 12 anymore. The situation got out of hand. I wanted to be modern. But no. I'm old-fashioned. I'm ... I have a girlfriend. And so ... Anyway ... I don't know. Everything is OK. We move on ... We can still be friends.
--- End quote ---

Ten minutes later, Bruno talks to his friend Victor:

--- Quote ---Victor: Still, Bruno, there's something I don't understand. You suddenly like men?

Bruno: I don't know, Victor. I can't explain what's happening to me. It just is. I hope this never happens to you.  My head hurts, I think about it all the time.
--- End quote ---

I can explain: grero. Most men like other men and every once in a while even in such a homophobic culture that fact shines through.


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