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Why the Homoeroticism in “Top Gun” Matters

Just an awesome critic.

Reel Change

When I told my friends I was going to see Top Gun during its brief 3D theatrical re-release (which ends this week), nobody was particularly impressed. When I mentioned that I had never seen it before, their eyes widened, and each put forth some variation of the same question: “How is that possible?” The film is not high art; it’s not that that they couldn’t conceive how someone who writes about film would never have gazed upon it. They were surprised because this film was everywhere when we were kids, and it was specifically targeted at young, impressionable boys like myself. But what was its impact on my generation? Top Gun was the highest-grossing film of 1986, but its legacy extends far beyond mere dollars and cents.

Many critics and cultural historians have written about the film’s impact. In an article for GQ entitled The Day The Movies Died

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