While it tackles many sides of the romantic life of our society, this film still feels contrived and out-dated since it blatantly fictionalizes events revolving around 1981. While well written, Maupin relies too much on romantic activity than the forces that drive the romanticism of the characters. The film is also a gateway into the loves of people that we may never meet, giving the viewer an interesting dynamic on the idea and notion of relationships. The only turnoff, which is sadly shown throughout the mini-series is profanity, graphic sexual activity and full female/male nudity. Omit these features, and you have an interesting above average soap opera ala “Magnolia” and “It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World”. I recommend you avoid this one at all costs, because – as the press kits states, “Just when you thought we couldn’t go any further, we did”, and Showtime knows how to give viewers a no-holds-barred look at what they perceive as “true romance.” Disturbing, and unrefined.