‘Erin’s Guide to Kissing Girls’ Is The Queer Coming-Of-Age Film We’ve Been Waiting For

Erin's Guide To Kissing Girls

The film we all wish we had growing up.

“Erin’s Guide to Kissing Girls,” writer and director Julianna Notten’s new film, is the film we all wish we had growing up. The story centers around Erin (Elliot Stocking), the only out person in her grade, and Liz (Jesyca Gu), classmate, comic nerd, and track star. Liz is accepted into private school, while Erin falls hard for the new girl, Sydni (Rosali Annikie).

Erin is set on asking Sydni to the dance, but she starts to lose Liz along the way. You’ll have to watch for the rest!

Notten told Gayety “Erin’s Guide to Kissing Girls” is a “love letter to their younger self” and that they wanted to queer the stereotypical boy-meets-girl narrative.

“Growing up, I was exposed to the usual assortment of girl-meets-boy narratives. It was an all too familiar story, and began to feel like the only one. Moreover, coming-of-age films with queer characters were rooted in tragedy or centered around a stereotypical portrayal of coming out. […] I wanted to create a character who was confident in her sexuality without sensationalizing it, whose problems reached beyond the fact that she was attracted to other girls. Many queer people around the world still face a wide range of difficulties, regardless of their age, and while Erin does face isolation and misunderstanding from her classmates for being the only out person in her class, I ultimately wanted Erin to be free to be herself and accepted by the people in her life she cares about most. When queer women tell their own stories on screen, everyone stands to benefit.”

You can watch “Erin’s Guide to Kissing Girls” here.

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