'Alex Strangelove' Fans Have Realised Something WILD About Madeline Weinstein's Character

12 June 2018, 12:07

Madeline Weinstein
Madeline Weinstein. Picture: Netflix

By Sam Prance

Give this girl a break...

There's no question that Alex Strangelove is one of the standout films of the year so far. The Netflix teen drama is a funny, moving, important take on adolescence, love and sexuality. The movie follows, Alex (Daniel Doheny), a high school senior who plans on losing his virginity to his girlfriend, Claire (Madeline Weinstein). Only there's one problem. Alex is gay.

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The critically acclaimed romantic comedy does a brilliant job of exploring what it's like to come to terms with the fact that you're attracted to the same sex while dating the opposite sex. It also addresses the fact that this process often affects others. While Alex is discovering his sexuality, we see how this affects Claire too. It's groundbreaking cinema.

One thing, in particular, has been catching viewers' attention though. This isn't the first time that Madeline has played a girl who dates a guy in the closet. Just last year Madeline starred as Simone in Beach Rats. In the film, Simone dates Frankie. Frankie is a pretty normal boyfriend except for the fact that he meets up with men in secret for sex and drugs.

Naturally, fans have been quick to joke about it.

Some have focused on how relatable this problem is.

It happens ALL the time. Right?

Others have offered Madeline support if she fancies varying up her roles a bit.

We're here for you too Madeline!

A couple of fans have called on her friends to set her up with a straight guy.

It usually helps if you date someone who is attracted to your gender.

A few people are wondering if she is contractually obliged to play gay beards.

She must be. Who is enforcing this though?

Then there are those who are just sad that her characters keep getting screwed over.

We are all rooting for you Madeline.

In all seriousness though, both Claire and Simone are great and necessary. Straight girls are often used by questioning guys as they try to figure out their sexualities and, as understandable and common as this may be, it is not okay. TV rarely gives these storylines airtime so it's a joy to see Madeline do it brilliantly twice.

We cannot wait to see more from her. Just, hopefully for her characters' sakes, things are a little less bleak on the romance front next time.