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They/Them Review – IGN

They/Them Review - IGN

They/Them debuts on Peacock on August 5, 2022.

John Logan’s directorial debut They/Them (pronounced “they slash them”) is a more straightforward film than its sloppy title suggests. He finds ways to occasionally allude to the dangers of conversion therapy, but rarely invokes real fear with his scattered serial killer saga. A lame horror drama that quickly fades – both narratively and stylistically – it contains hints of real character, real horror and real desire, but turns away from each of them as quickly as a homophobe catching a glimpse of Ru Paul’s Drag Race. In fact, by the time it reaches its whim of a conclusion, it feels downright cowardly.

Opening with a really tense murder scene on a shady forest trail – in which a cloaked and masked killer is chasing, specifically a woman with short hair and gender neutral fashions – They/Them introduce its potential victims, a group of queer teenagers and young adults who arrive in an isolated gay conversion camp. This is Camp Whistler, whose cheerful motto “Respect. refresh. Rejoice.” is matched in cadence by his merry lead advisor, Owen Whistler (Kevin Bacon). Owen makes his intentions known in advance: He wants this group of gay, bisexual, transgender, and non-binary youth to find a sense of gender normativity, but only This element of choice is, of course, an illusion, as many of the children have been sent to Camp Whistler by their parents, but Owen creates a welcoming atmosphere and an unexpected understanding when protagonist Jordan (Theo Germaine), a binary character, asks to be addressed using she/them pronouns.

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