Fire Island

Fire Island ★★★

Director Andrew Ahn and writer/actor/producer Joel Kim Booster embark on a contemporary retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice through the prism of gay people and culture with Fire Island. Starring Joel Kim Booster, Bowen Yang, James Scully and Conrad Ricamora, it moves forward with a virtually non-stop cache of one-liners to be a generally entertaining romp. While some of the cast fare less well than others, the film operates as a love letter to numerous aspects of gay life. It furthermore finds the complex dynamics of the queer community from identity, companionships and relationships being similar to the stresses of class and social status that lend power and leverage to Austen’s well-known romance.