At Last, Dakota Johnson and Kiersey Clemons’ Lesbian Rom-Com Has Come Along

Dakota Johnson Is a Later-in-Life Lesbian In Tig Notaro and Stephanie Allyne’s Am I Okay?

Deeply beloved and hilarious queer couple Tig Notaro and Stephanie Allyne’s directorial debut Am I Ok?, based on a true story, screened at Sundance in January 2022, but those of us who did not attend Sundance have been unable to access the film for our own lesbian purposes. Luckily that all changes on June 6th when Am I Okay? debuts on Max.

Am I Okay? stars Dakota Johnson as 32-year-old Lucy. Lucy dodges romantic relationships and isn’t quite sure who she is so she sits at her desk and draws lines on a piece of paper. Her best friend has a hot bob and a nice leather jacket and she’s named Jane, played by Sonoya Mizuno. Lucy she googles “Am I a Lesbian?” and unfortunately neither the Lesbian Masterdoc or our Am I Gay? quiz comes up, leaving her with only a weird, probably terrible website upon which to find answers. Then she meets Brittany, played by beloved queer actor Kiersey Clemons. There is a spark! But she hesitates to make a move! She drinks a cocktail in a bar with her pals. She dances with ER Fightmaster! It’s you know, a late-in-life lesbian coming out story.

But is it any good?

Overall, reviews were mixed back in 2022, with some calling it “a love letter to female friendship and the shifting priorities of adulthood” and others noting that it “squanders the quality of its central performances.” Drew was not a fan when she saw it, writing, “There’s nothing inherently wrong with a movie being formulaic and cliché. Not every queer movie needs to break new ground. But when a movie stars Dakota Johnson and hits the same story beats as so many other movies, it can’t get away with being mediocre.”

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1 Comment

  1. I’ve been looking forward to seeing Lily Gladstone as another queer character in “Fancy Dance,” available later in June, and just realized that her co-lead, Isabel Deroy-Olson, who plays her niece in the film, also plays young Cam in “Under the Bridge”…. I hope Autostraddle will cover “Fancy Dance” when it comes out!

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