Todd is presented to us in the 2020 movie “Straight Up,” which was written, produced, and directed by James Sweeney. Todd, who is in his twenties, is having trouble determining his sexual orientation. He lacks sexual encounters due to his OCD and overall dislike of any body fluids, and he starts to doubt his identity as a “gay.” Todd wonders whether the label of “gay” was similarly placed on him without his consent or an examination of his full selfhood, just like some individuals feel they were born with the designation of being “straight.”
To further illustrate the fact that even though Todd is obviously unclear of his own sexual affinities, people around him believe they are convinced, his pals reject their worries out of hand and argue that he is homosexual.
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He explores heterosexuality as a result of his sexual identity issue, and after a few failed attempts, he meets Rory (Katie Findlay). They end up developing a strong emotional connection, and as a result, Todd believes he has finally met the one person who understands him and with whom he can lose himself for hours. Rory, regrettably, doesn’t feel the same fulfillment from their connection.
Rory and Todd discover a compromise that works for them.
Even while Rory shares Todd’s passion and connection, she also starts to want sex. Both their attempts at asexual wooing and their attempts at sexual activity are fruitless. Rory eventually decides she needs more, and when she does, Todd is devastated. Rory departs to Seattle. He won’t let her go, and outside her Seattle office, in front of a humorous flash mob, he makes a marriage proposal.
In the end, neither is prepared to give up on their exceptional, distinctive, and potent marriage and opts to compromise. The movie’s last scene, which alludes to the open relationship Todd had earlier in the film, shows them playing Bananagrams with a third party. Since it is the ones you actually love who make life worthwhile that you compromise for, it is obvious that they are trying to find a solution where they can both achieve their goals. They may not conform to anyone’s preconceived beliefs about their emotions and situation, but ultimately they don’t have to.
Todd seemed to have discovered some kind of security in relation to the issue of his sexuality. Finding his label used to be of the utmost importance to him, but now it seems insignificant in comparison to the prospect of perhaps being able to spend the rest of his life with Rory. People are free to discover who they are at their own pace and to revise their definitions of themselves at any moment.
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Todd may alter and expand according on experiences, circumstances, and the development of their life and identity since everyone’s sexuality is flexible. Finding true, life-changing love, though, is something worth clinging to, and that is the one thing that it need not change.