By Jeff Walsh
Violet Tendencies is a fun fag hag movie, starring Mindy Cohn (Natalie from TV's Facts of Life) as the hag in the starring role.
The movie, which comes out on DVD May 24, opens on a wedding, as a fag hag is getting married surrounded by hot gay men. The bride notes that she was the last fag left, quickly adding, well... except for Violet.
Violet is so surrounded by gay men that she barely knows how to navigate the straight world, and when she does meet straight guys through an online phone dating service, her gay-tuned candor and humor sends them packing.
Violet's gay friends are all in some state of taking their lives from where they are at present to a next level, whether that is monogamy or adopting children. When Violet finally meets someone interested in her, a Mormon architect with whom she doesn't share much of anything in common, she abandons her gay life for a chance at happiness.
Violet Tendences isn't a deep movie by any stretch of the imagination. The hurdle for most characters is just their own hesitation, and despite the amount of time spent on her relationship that takes place without any connection to the gay world or her gay friends, well... you know where it's heading way earlier than Violet is ready to concede.
Cohn is great in her role, and fun to see in this movie, as I used to watch Facts of Life religiously back in the 80s. The movie has a lot of stereotypes and obvious overcomeable dilemmas, but it does have a lot of heart, and you don't care that you can stay three steps ahead of this movie at all times.
Sometimes you just want a fun, simple gay movie to kick back and enjoy. And Violet Tendencies delivers just that.