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Credit: Brokeback Mountain: Kimberley French

I have to chuckle every time I see an article discussing whether moviegoers outside of major metropolitan areas will have any interest in seeing Brokeback Mountain. Yes, it’s a movie about a couple of cowpokes embarking on a decades-long, clandestine gay love affair, but it’s also sweeping the majority of 2005 critics’ awards, it leads the pack in Golden Globe nominations, and it’s all but assured of an Oscar nomination. Call me crazy, but do you know any film buff who’s leaving the Heath Ledger-Jake Gyllenhaal romance off their must-see list?

Sure enough, today’s Variety reports Brokeback has ”played well so far in unexpected places — like Plano, Texas, where it’s showing on two screens; Phoenix; and Voorhees, Penn., outside of Philadelphia.” What’s more, the story goes on to say that Fandango ”is getting a significant number of emails from fans wondering why the pic isn’t playing in their town,” apparently a rare phenomenon for the online ticket seller.

I don’t know about you, but I find it encouraging when the desire to experience quality filmmaking trumps grade-school-level skittishness about seeing two guys kissing. After all, you don’t necessarily have to have the urge to enlist in the Marines to want to see Jake in Jarhead, or to invest in wholesale face powder before seeing Memoirs of a Geisha. Why should Brokeback be any different?

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