Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Young People Fucking

Here comes the review of the most talked about Canadian movie of this year. That's the type of movie that you rent just to laugh after a day at work. What is there to say about this film that came out on DVD on the day of the Canadian federal election (October 14, 2008)? The title does contain a vulgar slang. Despite that, this movie is graphically nothing compared to Atom Egoyan's Where the Truth Lies.

Shot in Toronto, the movie interwines the story of four couples and a threesome. Matt and Kristen are best friends, but on one night, they both end up in bed. Abby decides to make love with Andrew, her husband, on his birthday, but he doesn't seem to be in the mood for it... Mia and Eric meet up for a one-off after having broken up some time back. Jamie brings Ken in her apartment. Gord and his girlfriend Inez invites Gord's roomate, Dave, to have sex with Inez while Gord watches.

The movie Young People Fucking was presented at the Toronto International Film Festival, but the former hopefully doesn't try to take itself too seriously. Even though Martin Gero's first flick is better than some American comedies, we shouldn't expect this film to be a masterpiece. In fact, Young People Fucking is, at best, a chain of funny lines that will obviously make you laugh. Moreover, these lines - while some of them are not necessarily original - avoid being simplistic and vulgar. Indeed, the beauty of Young People Fucking's humour probably lies in a sort of effect that you expect from some of Quentin Tarantino's movies: you just don't see these lines coming because they may look like a conversation that you may have had!

However, while the movie doesn't contain that much dramatic moments, it distinguishes itself from most of its American competitors by dealing with its topic in a mature way. In fact, how many movies (maybe with the exception of Kinsey) have you seen that deals with all the problems related to romantic relations and sexuality? However, the main weakness of the movie lies in the relatively thin development of the characters, which looks quite contrived at times just to deliberately make all kinds of situations happen. For instance, in the plot involving "The Exes", who are Mia and Eric, the scriptwriters don't elaborate that much on the feelings that these two characters still have for each other despite having broken up.

Despite these flaws, the movie is well served by Martin Gero's competent directing and the cast's performance that shows a lot of enthusiasm at work. However, if the actors do play quite well, it's definitely not because the lines are hard to play! Of all, the actors I really enjoyed the performance of Kristin Booth (who deals with the psychologically most elaborated character), Aaron Abrams and Carly Pope (who are both great in mastering the humour behind their lines).

Finally, for all those people out there, while Young People Fucking openly deals with sex, don't expect to see a XXX movie! If you want something better than most American comedies, then rent this film and you wouldn't regret it if you do like to laugh a little bit.

Rating: 3/5


Young People Fucking
Canada (2008)
Length: 90 minutes
Genre: Comedy
Screenplay: Martin Gero and Aaron Abrams
Directed by: Martin Gero
Starring: Aaron Abrams, Carly Pope, Diora Bird, Callum Blue, Sonja Bennett, Josh Cooke, Kristin Booth, Josh Dean, Ennis Esmer, Natalie Lisinska and Peter Oldring

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