Coming out isn’t always a delicate procedure, as shown in “Egghead & Twinkie.”


Director(s) Sarah Holland
Screenplay By Sarah Holland
Date Released (Film Festival: NewFest –  The New York LGBTQ Film Festival 2020) 10/16/2020
Genre(s) Comedy, Young Adult, LGBT
Duration 8 Minutes
Rating Not Rated
Noted Cast
Vivian “Twinkie” Sarina Jie-A-Fa
Egghead Louis Tomeo

This content contains pertinent spoilers.

Plot Summary

Twinkie, an adopted Asian girl who embraces not relating much to Asian culture, has just come out to her best friend, Egghead, and parents. An event that isn’t done in the way many are used to because Twinkie is not your everyday gal.

Review

Highlights

A New Age Way Of Coming Out

Vivian aka Twinkie (Sarina Jie-A-Fa) sitting at the movies
Vivian aka Twinkie (Sarina Jie-A-Fa)

While the narrative is changing, coming out stories on notable platforms often play out the worst-case scenario or are comedies that make the whole thing a joke. “Egghead & Twinkie,” while a comedy, does play with the idea of treating Twinkie’s coming out in a dramatic fashion. Mainly by it being denied and her mother, well, she is sort of silenced in the situation. But, to see a young woman, an Asian woman at that, be so bold and unapologetic about it is refreshing, different, and certainly something you’ll want to see more of.

On The Fence

Something Feels A Slight Bit Campy

With that said, the parents bring a certain level of camp to the movie – the dad especially. For while you have to appreciate Egghead’s role and the comedy he brings, the mom is awkward, dad feels borderline over the top, and while you recognize this is supposed to be a comedy, something just feels off.

Overall

Rating: Mixed (Divisive)

Egghead (Louis Tomeo) huggign Twinkie.
Egghead (Louis Tomeo)

“Egghead & Twinkie” is admirable thanks to Jie-A-Fa’s portrayal of Twinkie. However, beyond that role, and the comedy Tomeo brings by jumping into the dinner come out conversation, there is something awkward here. Yet, it’s a short, it’s less than 8 minutes, and you can see there is an exploration of how to tell a story still being worked out, and though it didn’t work for us, you can see the potential.


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