This new coming-of-age film has finally been released on Disney+. Crush has also been released on Hulu, as of 29 April 2022.
What is Crush about?
Crush sees a young artist forced to join her high school’s track team. While uninterested in the sport, she takes this opportunity to pursue the girl she has had a long-time crush on. However, she begins to find herself unexpectedly falling for another track teammate, realising what ‘real love’ feels like.
Brilliantly put by Collider, Crush is ‘a coming-of-age story, not a coming out story’. This film is a refreshing take on young queer love, without the hard hitting, sometimes traumatic portrayal of coming out. Crush joins the still small pool of joyous queer films in mainstream media.
Who is in Crush?
The lead, Paige, is portrayed by Disney Channel’s own Rowan Blanchard, best known for her role as Riley in Girl Meets World. Another big Disney name to grace this film is the voice of Moana, Auli’i Cravalho.
Other cast members include Isabella Ferreira (Love, Victor), Megan Mullally (Will&Grace), Tyler Alvarez (American Vandal), Teala Dunn (Are We There Yet?) and Michelle Buteau (First Wives Club).
Crush has been produced by a handful titans within the world of Hollywood. Names such as Britta Rowings, Natasha Lyonne, Maya Rudolph and Andrew Miano. Having such well-known and respected names behind a film of queer love will hopefully show other large streaming platforms that they can go ahead and take that chance. Becuase, there is absolutley no shortage of queer love stories just waiting to be told.
This film has been very well recieved by the public. It currently has a strong 87% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Rick Marshall for Digital Trends also describes Crush as ‘a fun, funny and wonderfully sincere story about love and how we learn to recognise it when we find it.’
Of course, there was a Twitter storm when it was released. Millions of people made it known that films like this are still in very high demand.