Young People Fucking


by Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)

I didn't know anything about this film in advance and when I saw the title I was filled with dread. I thought it was going to be another one of those pretentious and oh-so-serious films where the director haughtily flaunts his disdain for conventional mores, ala 9 Songs or Lie With Me. After all, the title just cries out, "Look at me. I'm just so self-consciously audacious that you can tell how superior I feel to you church-goin' rubes."

Thank God I was wrong because I hate that kind of movie. The people who make those films tend to take all the fun out of sex and can't seem to distinguish between erotica and explicitness.

This Canadian film is actually a pleasant, down-to-earth and conventional repertory comedy about modern relationships .... well ... modern straight, white, polite, middle-class relationships, to be more accurate. The title serves several purposes. First, it describes what the film is about. Second, it is part of the film's humor. Third, it is designed to attract attention and publicity to a small, non-marquee film which might otherwise get lost in the shuffle.

The film basically demonstrates that the process of love-making follows a certain path and moves in defined steps, irrespective of how well the partners know one another. To make the point, it takes five couples (well, one is a threesome, to be technical) at totally different stages in their relationships and relates how one act of intercourse develops for each couple. The film is divided into six chapters which represent the stages of an evening's seduction, and the narrative cuts back and forth among the stories. One of the couples is on a first date; one is comfortably married; one consists of exes; one is a pair of long-time friends trying to have their one and only lifetime sportfuck; the last is the threesome, in which a man persuades his girlfriend and male roommate to have sex with one another while he watches.

Young People Fucking works. I don't normally like ensemble relationship comedies any better than the self-consciously arty pseudo-erotica I was dreading, simply because there are so many pitfalls they can fall into. This film avoids all the problems by negotiating the balance between zany and warm; as well as that between contrived and realistic. The characters are recognizable, complex and as credible as can be expected from a comedy which has to deliver a certain quota of laughs.  The script takes enough time to develop each of the five mini-plays so that the emotional resonance of the scenes can shine through the comic set-ups. You will not like every single character, but even the coldest ones (the first date couple) have vulnerabilities and insecurities which make them sympathetic to some degree, and the eleven actors do quite a good job at making the audience members feel as if they were eavesdropping on real situations. Best of all, the film approaches the subject matter with honesty to match its good humor, and you may even be moved in a couple of spots.

Plus there's plenty of topless nudity from some beautiful women with their own factory-original breasts. (And a couple of firm male butts for those inclined to enjoy that component of the action.)

This film is a very pleasant and sexy way to pass 80-some minutes.

DVD information not currently available.



3 Roger Ebert (of 4 stars)
  Uncle Scoopy Expanded


7.1 IMDB summary (of 10)


No information available. It was in some festivals and theatrical releases have been discussed, but I'm not sure of the latest status.



Sonja Bennett, Carly Pope and Natalie Lisinska show their breasts in sex scenes.

Peter Oldring shows his buns in an extended sex  sequence. Callum Blue flashes his butt briefly with no face visible.



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