Our Rating: ★★★★☆
L Factor: Lesbian Film
Short Take: Alex and Grace fall in love in Azalea Springs, a town in an uproar with a rumor that the water causes people to become gay.
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Year: 1997
Duration: 100 min
Language: USA/English
MPAA: Not Rated
Director: Kelli Herd
Writer: Kelli Herd
Starring: Keri Jo Chapman, Teresa Garrett, Derrick Sanders, Timothy Vahle, Barbara Lasater, Nancy Chartier, John Hallum

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It's in the WaterIf you’re looking for a cute romantic comedy, writer/director Kelli Herd’s production is one of the better films to come out of the 1990s. The acting isn’t perfect (especially outside of the female leads), but the crazy town of Azalea Springs provides plenty of laughs as girl meets girl and boy meets boy.

The main story finds Alex (Keri Jo Chapman) volunteering at the local AIDS hospice where she runs into Grace (Teresa Garret), a nurse who is an old friend from school. Grace recently left her husband and moved back home, revealing that she is a lesbian. Alex’s best friend Spencer (John Hallum) has been stirring up a rumor by telling a gossip that the reason people in town are gay is because there’s something in the water.

Soon even Alex’s big haired mother is buying bottled water, and it’s the talk of the town. Meanwhile, Mark (Derrick Sanders) attends anti-gay conversion meetings, where he meets Tomas (Timothy Vahle), a handsome painter. The two hook up and reject the ridiculous meetings. Alex is curious … and gets herself up to speed by renting all of the lesbian movies she can find at the video store. She and Grace are found kissing in the store room at the hospice, to the horror of her mother and husband. Grace and Alex face Azalea Springs’ homophobia and fall in love (with a nice love scene). (AB)