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The Sum of Us (1994)

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Original classification rating: M. This clip chosen to be PG

Clip description

Jeff (Russell Crowe) and Greg (John Polson) sit on the couch at Jeff’s house, after drinking at the local gay pub. They kiss for the first time, but Harry (Jack Thompson) interrupts them, seeking an introduction. He joins the boys for a beer, squeezing onto the couch, where his jokes are an unexpected icebreaker.

Curator’s notes

The film makes great comedy from the playful use of language, and from Harry’s ability to disrupt the mood of any situation. The depiction of a gay kiss on screen is perhaps unexpected in a comedy, but it demonstrates that the filmmakers do not wish to pull their punches, or be accused of coyness.

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