With the push to normalize queer cinema, Hulu’s sapphic rom-com Crush hits its mark by creating a movie focusing on queer joy. 

To get into her dream art school, Paige Evans (Rowan Blanchard) has to submit an application about her “happiest moment.” Lacking inspiration, she decides to join the track team and finally get her crush Gabriela (Isabella Ferreira) to notice her. Instead, she finds herself getting closer to Gabriela’s bisexual sister, AJ (Moana’s Auli’i Cravalho).

In being written and directed by queer women, Crush is unapologetically queer and boasts a variety of diverse representation. In one scene, Paige is talking with her best friend and his girlfriend about other crush-worthy sapphics at their school and there’s multiple out people for Paige to choose from. Even the track coach comments that “60 percent” of the team is queer. 

It also means we get hilarious moments like this one:

Another standout aspect of the film is its emphasis on queer students simply existing without homophobia or the pressure of coming out. Of course, media tackling coming out is important, but it’s also nice to have a sapphic film where that’s not the crux of the plot.

Outside of the fun, high-school shenanigans and topes we expect to see from a romcom (although it hits different from a queer lens), Crush also has a lot of heart. Paige has strong relationship ties to her mother and friend group, and we get a whole scene dedicated to sisters AJ and Gabriela confronting their issues as well. 

Crush is everything you want in a romcom: cute, funny, entertaining and a gay af ending. 

Watch the trailer below:

Aliya

freelance entertainment writer

Aliya Hall

Aliya Hall (she/her) is a lesbian writer and freelance journalist based in Portland, U.S. Her favorite things to write about include the LGBTQ+ community and books. She hosts the Sapphic Stories Bookclub as well as cohosts the podcast, Shit We Wrote. Hall is also in the editing process of her first novel, a sapphic science-fantasy duology. When she’s not writing, she’s probably on the couch embroidering next to her three cats and live-in girlfriend. 

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