Is Luca a Pride Movie?

As Pride Month comes to a close, we take a look at Luca, a new Pixar movie that has some people wondering if it’s a Pride movie. We break down the film and what it has to offer LGBTQ+ viewers.

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Luca Guadagnino’s film Call Me by Your Name (2017) has been widely read as a Pride movie. In an interview with IndieWire, the director said that he “wanted to make a film about the experience of first love, of discovering who you are in terms of your sexuality, without any preconceptions.”

Many critics have argued that the film is indeed a Pride movie, and it has been celebrated for its representations of queer love and desire. However, there is also a compelling case to be made that Call Me by Your Name is not a Pride movie.

In this essay, I will argue that Call Me by Your Name is not a Pride movie for three reasons: first, because it does not center on characters who are struggling with their queer identity; second, because it does not focus on queer politics or the fight for civil rights; and third, because its ending does not suggest hope or optimism for the future of its queer characters.

What is Luca?

Luca is a 2021 American computer-animated coming-of-age comedy film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios. The 21st feature film from Pixar, it is directed by Enrico Casarosa in his feature directorial debut from a screenplay by Jesse Andrews, based on a story by Casarosa and Andrea Portenova. The film stars the voices of Jacob Tremblay, Jack Dylan Grazer, Sia, Marco Barricelli, Maya Rudolph, and Jim Gaffigan.

Luca takes place in an Italian seaside village during the summertime. The titular character is a young boy who befriends another boy named Alberto. Together they have all sorts of fun adventures, including going to the beach and eating gelato. But as Luca’s family begins to prepare for their annual migration back to the city for the winter, he starts to feel torn between his two worlds.

Luca is set to be released in the United States on June 18, 2021.

Is Luca a Pride movie?

No, Luca is not a Pride movie.

Luca’s representation of the LGBT community

Since its release, Luca has been praised for its representation of the LGBT community. The film follows the story of two young men, Luca and Alberto, who are in a relationship. While the film does not explicitly state that Luca is part of the LGBT community, it is implied through his relationship with Alberto.

Some have argued that Luca is not a Pride movie because it does not explicitly state that Luca is gay. However, many have praised the film for its subtle representation of the LGBT community. It is ultimately up to the viewer to decide whether or not Luca is a Pride movie.

The film’s overall message

The film’s overall message is one of inclusion and equality, and it celebrates love in all of its forms. The fact that the lead character is a gay teenager of color makes it an important representation of the LGBTQ+ community. While the film does not shy away from discussing the challenges that members of the LGBTQ+ community face, it ultimately affirms that love is love.

Luca’s place in the Pride genre

As society’s acceptance of LGBTQIA+ individuals has increased, so has Hollywood’s production of movies with queer themes and characters. In the past few years alone, we’ve seen the release of major motion pictures such as Moonlight, Call Me By Your Name, and The Shape of Water – all of which have been nominated for (and won) prestigious awards. These movies are important not only for their contributions to the art form, but also for their representations of queer people and relationships.

Luca, a new Pixar movie about two sea creatures who fall in love, has been hailed by many as a Pride movie. Is it? And if so, where does it fit into the genre?

To answer these questions, we must first understand what makes a movie a Pride movie. For our purposes, we will define a Pride movie as any movie with queer themes or characters that is aimed at a mainstream audience. In other words, Pride movies are designed to appeal to everyone – not just queer people.

With that in mind, it’s clear that Luca is indeed a Pride movie. It tells the story of two gay protagonists who must hide their relationship from those around them. The film also contains several positive messages about self-acceptance and being true to yourself – values that are important to the LGBTQIA+ community.

Luca may not be the first Pixar movie to feature queer characters (that distinction goes to Toy Story 4), but it is the studio’s first effort at making a Pride movie specifically for kids. And while there have been other animated Pride movies aimed at young audiences (e.g., ParaNorman), Luca is notable for its inclusion in such a major franchise.

In short, Luca is a welcome addition to the Pride genre – and proof that Hollywood is beginning to understand the importance of representation in its films.

The film’s reception

The film’s reception has been mixed, with some critics arguing that it is not a true Pride movie.


Luca is a heartwarming and beautiful story that celebrates the power of love and friendship. While it does not explicitly deal with LGBT issues, it does feature a relationship between two male lead characters. As such, it could be seen as a Pride movie.

Further Reading

-Yes, Luca is a Pride movie. The film tells the story of two young men who fall in love and must deal with the challenges their relationship faces due to homophobia.

-Luca is not only a Pride movie, but it is also an important film for the LGBTQ+ community. The film’s portrayal of homophobia and the challenges that come with being in a same-sex relationship is accurate and relatable.

– Luca is an important film for the LGBTQ+ community, but it is also a great love story that everyone can enjoy. The film’s accurate portrayal of homophobia and the challenges that come with being in a same-sex relationship make it a must-watch for everyone.


There has been much debate over whether or not Luca is a Pride movie. Some say that because it features a gay relationship, it qualifies, while others argue that it does not because the relationship is not the focus of the film.

It is difficult to make a definitive judgement either way, but we can look at some of the key elements of Pride movies to see if Luca meets them. Typically, Pride movies feature coming-of-age stories, or stories about self-acceptance and coming out. They often deal with issues faced by the LGBT community, such as discrimination, homophobia and AIDS.

Luca certainly has elements of a coming-of-age story, as it follows the titular character as he struggles to come to terms with his sexuality. Additionally, Luca deals with issues such as discrimination and homophobia, making it a film that could be classified as a Pride movie. Ultimately, whether or not Luca is considered a Pride movie is up to interpretation.

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