WE LIVE HERE: THE MIDWEST (DOCUMENTARY) – A Review by John Strange
One of the things I truly love about streaming services like Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Prime is that they bring us excellent documentaries in the feature and episodic formats. We Live Here: The Midwest coming to Hulu this week is a short feature. The film gives us several couples, each living in Midwest states, who live LGBTQ+ lives. It’s a part of the country not generally known for accepting their life choices.
The couples are all loving family members who are willing to talk about their experiences. They don’t soft sell their situations, nor do they moan and groan about how their neighbors treat them so badly. I like that we get to listen to some of those neighbors talking about “their” couples.
The family members talk about how they reacted to their parent or child coming out. They, too, don’t soft sell the emotions involved in learning about the subject’s desire to be different than the way they were born.
We Live Here: The Midwest is an excellent film that is even-handed in its approach to the lives of members of the LGBTQ+ community. I liked the film’s flow and the way the filmmakers handled the subject. I think the LGBTQ+ community will appreciate the message of this film. I also think that the general movie-going public will see a way of life that is only slightly different from theirs. Very slightly. We are all human, regardless of race, creed, color, or gender identity. Or any of the other man-made divisions that have sprouted up in our history.
Director: Melinda Maerker
Cast: Heather Keeler
MPAA Rating: NR
Selig Rating: 5 Stars
Runtime: 53 Min.
Release Date: 12/06/2023
Viewing Location: Hulu
Trailer: WE LIVE HERE: THE MIDWEST Trailer
The Selig Rating Scale:
5 Stars – Excellent movie/show, well worth the time and price.
4 Stars – Good movie/show
3 Stars – OK movie/show
2 Stars – Well, there was nothing else…
1 Star – Total waste of time.