Indie favorite Transamerica is much more than just a movie about a road trip from New York to Los Angeles. It?s a journey of self-discovery for its characters, Bree and Toby, set against a backdrop of the American highway. Bree, a male-to-female transgender woman, discovers she fathered Toby as her previous self and struggles to come to terms with the news on the brink of her sexual reassignment surgery. With the road ahead of them and a slew of pit stops along the way, the two have nothing but time to get to know each other and, consequently, themselves.
Give Me Your Hand (2009)
In much the same way that Y Tu Mam? Tambi?n whisked us through rural Mexico on an erotic discovery, director Pascal-Alex Vincent?s Give Me Your Hand is a journey through the French countryside that follows a set of hard-knock twins on their sexual encounters. The brothers, deliciously played by Alexandre and Victor Carril, make their way to Spain for their mother?s funeral and meet sexual partners of both sexes and various influences along the way. As the film progresses, the landscape takes an ever-more present role in the dynamic between the twins, which pulsates from hostile to electric.
To Wong Foo Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar (1995)
What line isn?t quotable from the campy road trip classic To Wong Foo? "Little Latin boy in drag, why are you crying?" ask New York queens Noxeema (Wesley Snipes) and Vida (Patrick Swayze) of princess Chi-Chi (John Leguizamo), who they take under their wing on the way to a national drag pageant in Hollywood. The trio?s faaaabulous butter-yellow Cadillac breaks down in Syndersville, a middle-of-nowhere town where they are forced to spend the weekend. All three discover that life?s lessons are sometimes learned in the most unexpected places. So, "get in the car, perras, I got us a ride."
Big Dreams in Little Hope (2006)
Neither of the lesbian leading characters in Big Dreams in Little Hope is living their career dreams -- Kelly and Linda both are in Little Hope performing corporate market research. Kelly wants to be a news anchor, Linda a tattoo artist, and both want to get the hell out. The chemistry between this odd couple becomes even more complicated when Linda hooks up with Kelly?s now-straight and married ex-girlfriend. Add in the fact that the two are forced to share a room at the youth hostel and you?ve got one comedy-ridden road movie.
The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert (1994)
How do you win the Academy Award for Costume Design? With lots and lots of feathers. In The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, three Australian drag queens set out from Sydney in a pink tour bus to take their glittered-and-plumed act on the road to an outback resort town. The bus, Priscilla, breaks down in the middle of nowhere, which garners the performers exciting, and sometimes terrifying, new experiences. The iconic moment in the film is, of course, when the trio climbs the stony red terrain of Kings Canyon in full-on drag fabulousness, headdresses and all. The film was so critically and commercially successful, it became a musical theater production in 2006 -- to hit New York City this spring.
Bam Bam and Celeste (2007)
With a cameo cast of favorites like Alan Cumming, Jane Lynch, and Kathy Najimy, Margaret Cho?s Bam Bam and Celeste follows the unfolding road trip of a misunderstood Asian punk-princess and her gay best friend. The pair head to New York City from their Midwest hometown in hopes of reality TV makeover stardom, but befall a comedic set of pit-stop circumstances. There?s lesbian shotgun-slinging cowgirl Lynch, fortune-telling Najimy, and clipboard-hugging assistant Cumming who all spur Bam Bam and Celeste along in discovering the inner meaning of beauty.
The weather is changing, the holidays are nigh, and frankly, if we?re not laid out on some sandy beach we?d rather be curled up on the couch, popcorn in hand, dreaming of far away locales. At least ones accessible by hopping in a Buick. Handily, in honor of its 25th anniversary, LGBT film distributor Wolfe Releasing has opened up its archives. Here?s our picks for the gayest road trip flicks.