Lesbian Film ‘Am I Okay?’ Starring Dakota Johnson Coming To Max

The film is directed by queer duo Tig Notaro and her wife Stephanie Allynne.

Dakota Johnson is taking on a new role as a late-blooming lesbian in the new movie Am I Ok?, which is set to be released on June 6 on Max.

The film follows Johnson’s character, Lucy, a woman in her 30s who is just beginning to understand her sexuality. The trailer begins with Lucy avoiding any romantic relationships and crying in the bathroom (who hasn’t been there?) before finding herself  in an all-too-familiar situation for queer women in the closet: googling “how to know if you’re a lesbian.”

The nervous and overwhelmed Lucy is countered by her best friend Jane, played by Sonoya Mizuno, who is shocked at first but offers unwavering support.

“It can be really scary to try new things,” Lucy explains to Jane in the trailer. Jane jokingly fires back that Lucy will “try 20 different flavors of ice cream” before settling on a scoop. “Ice cream is different than… vagina,” Lucy argues. “How do you know? You don’t know,” Jane retorts.

Lucy’s penchant for beanies, Volvos, and stumbling over her words in front of beautiful women prove the film will be comedic at times, but ultimately have us shedding a few, or many, tears.

The movie is inspired by a true story. Screenwriter Lauren Pomerantz, who also worked as a writer for “The Ellen Degeneres Show” for over a decade, poured her real-life coming out experience into the script.

“I took my whole coming out late story, and I used that, and I really based it on a real-life friendship with my best friend Jessica [Elbaum], who is also a producer on this movie,” Pomerantz told Entertainment Weekly. “I started writing it as a friendship movie based on our friendship. We had sort of a big fight, and then we’re friends again, but then simultaneously, I was struggling to come out. And so I realized that was the story that I really wanted to tell.”

The film is directed by the iconic queer duo Tig Notaro, and her wife, Stephanie Allynne.

It first debuted over two years ago at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, but will finally make its way to the streaming platform for pride month.

 


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