As any of my readers know, I am a sucker when it comes to an angsty, teen coming-of-age love story. Hulu’s Crush gives us the self-described “very gay” teen rom-com about an aspiring young artist, Paige. After being accused of defacing the school with graffiti, Paige is forced to join the High School track team. On the plus side, her forever crush is on the team. The downside is she’s never run a day in her life.
However, just like in every teen movie, things don’t always go as planned. After joining the team and getting to know AJ (Auli’i Cravalho – Moana), who also happens to be her crush’s fraternal twin, she learns what real love feels like.
CRUSH IS SUPER CUTE
I found Crush to be pretty adorable. While it doesn’t add much as far as being an original story, I didn’t care. We’ve seen this story a million times with straight characters, it’s time to spread the love. Paige is played by Rowan Blanchard, who I’ve been a huge fan of since her time on Girl Meet’s World. She brings all her charm, pulled faces, and comedy chops to Paige. Megan Mullally (Will & Grace) is a comedic icon. As a super sex-positive, queer supporting mother she sets up hilarious, as well as embarrassing moments like all mothers do to their children. She has an entire conversation about dental dams. No child enjoys talking about anything to do with sex with their parents.
The representation of the queer community is in your face and unapologetic. Something I find incredibly important is that both Blanchard and Cravalho are both a part of the LGBTQ+ community in real life. At a time when the LGBTQ+ community can be very underrepresented in films and television, I love that they used two women who are recently out and proud! It adds freshness and a layer of depth to the two characters who are trying to figure out who they are and what first love is all about.
Make sure to check out Crush streaming on Hulu on April 29th!
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