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Drama: She’s the plus-size model of the genre world. She can be funny, intense and even sassy. Sometimes she’s deathly serious, and other times she’s straight-up flying at your face with a knife and a high kick. Long story short, drama can be a number of things, but when you’re looking for a good drama flick, you definitely want substance. Here’s a list of the biggest, most beautiful LGBT dramas that dropped in 2016.
Also, be sure to check out the rest of our Best of 2016 content!
A young hairdresser working at a Havana nightclub that showcases drag performers dreams of being a performer himself. But when his estranged father abruptly reenters his life, his world is quickly turned upside-down. As father and son clash over their opposing expectations of each other, they struggle to understand one another and reconcile as a family.
Why You Should Watch: Come for the drag show, but stay for the drama. The machismo culture present in Cuba is in direct contrast to its flamboyant opposition in drag queens, making this film an absolutely compelling watch.
It’s 2006, YouTube is in its infancy and internet porn is still behind a paywall. Taking the stage name Brent Corrigan, a fresh-faced, wannabe adult video performer is molded into a star by a closeted gay porn mogul who runs the skin flick empire Cobra Video from his seemingly ordinary suburban home. But as Brent’s rise and demands for more money put him at odds with his boss, he also attracts the attention of a rival producer and his unstable lover.
Why You Should Watch: Because Garrett Clayton really nails the role of Brent Corrigan. No pun intended. Sorry, I just couldn’t resist.
The atmospheric “Spa Night” is a portrait of forbidden sexual awakening set in the nocturnal world of spas and karaoke bars in Los Angeles’ Koreatown. A timid 18-year-old living with his financially-struggling immigrant parents, chances upon a secret cruising spot when he takes a job at an all-male spa. There he begins to realize hidden desires that threaten his life as a dutiful son and student.
Why You Should Watch: While its pacing and restrained style may inhibit “Spa Night” from receiving wider appeal, its attention to characters, environment and reality are of the highest order.
When a senior investment banker is passed over for a promotion at her firm, she fights for the opportunity to take a start-up public, hoping this promising IPO will secure her a place at the firm’s highest level. But when an employee at the start-up raises questions about a possible crack in the company’s walls, she must decide whether to investigate rumors that may compromise the deal, or push forward with the confidence her superiors expect.
Why You Should Watch: It’s female-driven drama about life on Wall Street. It’s about freaking time.
A struggling comedy writer, fresh from breaking up with his boyfriend, moves to Sacramento to help his sick mother. Living with his conservative father and younger sisters, David feels like a stranger in his childhood home. As his mother worsens, he tries to convince everyone—including himself—that he’s doing OK.
Why You Should Watch: Molly Shannon’s performance is undeniably powerful, heartfelt and authentic. She artfully weaves in laugh-out-loud moments without sacrificing intimacy or relying on her trademark sitcom flavor.
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