As you read this, a pre-teen or teen, in the United States has committed suicide. Teen suicide in the LGBT community has gained immense popularity on a larger social scale then ever before. While the interest in this social dilemma is thrust into the spotlight none have ever before addressed this social issue in such a manner as Kim Rocco Shields newest film. Love Is All You Need? propels its audience into another dimension of existence that does more than just acknowledge there is a serious problem affecting the gay community. It does more than talk about the issue. In Love Is All You Need? the audience lives the issue.
Unique lives intertwine and collide in a world confronted by controversy and forbidden love. This world is very much like our own: filled with family gatherings at church, children playing in the yard, and college frat parties. Except these families are led by same-sex couples, and homosexuality is the expectation. To be heterosexual is to be shunned and ridiculed because it means you are different. In this world, to be gay is right and to be straight is wrong.
That’s the world of Jude Klein, the star quarterback of the Sparta University football team. While celebrating her most recent win at the fraternity house party, Jude meets sports journalist Ryan Morris. The two quickly form a romantic bond that must be hidden from the rest of the world. The cold and cruel local priest Rachel Duncan discovers this secret affair, inspiring her to fervently organize a hateful campaign against the local "hetero." Meanwhile, 11-year-old Ashley Curtis is often teased at her elementary school. She finds comfort in her new friendship with Ian Santilli, one of her male classmates. Ashley has quite the crush on her new playmate, despite how strongly her mother Karen is against being straight.
When you live in a world that hates the way you love, is love really all you need?