Review: Cute, Camp Lesbian Love In The Film 'The Guest House'
Can one sexy whirlwind weekend between two young women lead to a lifetime of lesbian love?
Cute, campy, and kitschy all describe the 2012 movie, The Guest House. Ruth Reynolds and Madeline Merritt star in this fun flick.
Ruth Reynolds plays Rachel, an eighteen year old Goth girl who just got dumped by her boyfriend. Madeline Merritt portrays Amy, a recent college grad who just moved to Los Angeles after taking a job with Rachel’s father. Rachel is grounded on the weekend that Amy arrives, so she has strict orders from her father to show Amy a good time. And she does.
There is immediate sexual tension and chemistry between the two young girls. Amy is seemingly unaware of it at first, and Rachel seems almost predatory. Yet within hours of meeting, Amy feels that Rachel is like her new best friend.
When things begin to heat up, Amy is afraid of blurring the lines between being Rachel’s father’s employee and Rachel’s lover. Rachel helps her to throw those concerns out the window. One night of passion doesn’t lead to regrets. Instead, the two embark on a jam-packed, whirlwind, romantic weekend. They see the sights of LA; they explore each other sexually, and open each other up to new experiences. What takes some couples to reach in a lifetime, they create in days.
This perfect connection in threatened when Rachel’s father returns home and finds the two together. Not only is he shocked and appalled to see his daughter in a sexual interlude, but it comes out that he had slept with Amy, and was hoping to rekindle the affair. The two part ways, feeling shattered.
After some time has passed, Amy meets with Rachel after a performance she gives in San Francisco. At first, things are tense and awkward. But, as with every good fairy tale, we are given our happy ending.
The Guest House is a cute and highly enjoyable movie. This is a perfect light-hearted, feel-good choice for weekend entertainment.