***Disclosure: I received a film screener to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
Recently, I got the opportunity to check out a new documentary that chronicles a modern marriage, and the couples' journey through infertility. In "Romeo Romeo", you'll meet Jessica and Lexy, a lesbian couple who seem to have it all...Jessica works at a large NYC PR firm representing some of my favorite brands, and Lexy works with kids as a nanny and moonlights as a Manhattan lounge singer. (She's good, too! In fact, when she started singing "Songbird" by Fleetwood Mac, I got chills.) Life seems to be going great until it becomes all too apparent that something is missing.....A baby.
Before I get into my film review, I want to share a few things from my own life that drew me to this film. Anyone who knows me personally knows that these topics hit home with me in a major way. For one, I am the parent of a gay teen. I don't blog about it much because...well...My son's sexuality is kind of a "non-issue" in our home. Who he is attracted to doesn't define him. So rather than seeing "a gay kid", I see a boy who is kind, compassionate, creative, loving, and artistic. I see a great son and big brother, a loyal friend, and an all-around amazing human being. His sexual preference simply does not matter to us.
Marriage equality is something I feel very passionately about, and I think the world could definitely benefit from seeing that a gay marriage is just like a straight one. That's right. There are no boogeymen hiding in their closets, they do not have crazy gay sex parties, and they're just like everyone else. Sorry to burst any bubbles there, but it's true. And I will say what I say to anyone who asks why I support gay marriage: My child deserves to settle down one day with someone he loves. Male, female, black, white, purple...That doesn't matter to me. It's not about WHO you love, it's HOW you love. If my son is happy and treated well, I will openly welcome whoever ends up making his life complete.
Anyway, going through the pain of infertility is something that is truly gut-wrenching. It's a type of pain that no one could really understand unless they've been there. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy, to be honest. I guess that's why "Romeo Romeo" had me reduced to a sobbing wreck. I knew the emotions that Jessica and Lexy were feeling, and I just wanted to whip out a magic wand full of "Baby Dust" and dump a big load of it on top of these lovely ladies.
Jessica and Lexy decided that while they had a marriage they love, they both had an empty place in their hearts that could only be filled with a tiny, crying, pooping bundle of joy. Jessica was smart, and decided that she did not want to carry the baby. (Smart move...Pregnancy kind of stinks. At least for me it wasn't the most pleasant thing in the world.) However Lexy has always had that maternal longing. The only thing she's ever wanted in her whole life was to simply hear the words that so many take for granted: "I love you, Mom."
One of the things I liked most about "Romeo Romeo" is that these ladies are no-nonsense. They don't sugar-coat anything. For most people, trying to conceive comes easy. It's a joyful time. But when faced with infertility issues, this opens the door to a lot of not-so-happy things like financial stress, and even strain on a marriage. I love the fact that these issues are very realistically portrayed in this film. Jessica and Lexy cry together, get excited together, and yes, they even jump down each-other's throats some. This isn't Hollywood where everything just magically falls into place and everyone is smiling all the time. This is real life with raw emotions, and I think Jessica and Lexy were so incredibly brave to share their story, bumps in the road and all.
So if you or someone you know is affected by infertility, or if you just want to see an interesting story about how families are created within a gay marriage, you're definitely going to want to check out "Romeo Romeo". Jessica and Lexy are candid, open, and you're bound to shed some tears here are there as you follow their compelling journey into motherhood. I promise you won't be disappointed.
How to View Romeo Romeo :
Here are some direct links so you can see this life-changing film for yourself:
• Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/romeoromeo
• Amazon: http://amzn.to/1kFuhOk
• Vudu: http://bit.ly/MLhs8t
• Playstation: http://bit.ly/1nB2z9S
• Xbox: http://bit.ly/1cVrTmk
• Blinkbox: http://bit.ly/1egKubd
• iTunes: http://bit.ly/1gxPRiA
• Google Play: http://bit.ly/1nB5qzH