Movie Review: ‘Young People F–king’

Actor Callum Blue in a scene from 'Young People F--king' (Supplied publicity photo, Maple Pictures, 2007)
The cast of 'Young People F--king' (Supplied publicity photo, Maple Pictures, 2007)

The cast of 'Young People F–king' (Supplied publicity photo, Maple Pictures, 2007)

Despite the rawness of the title, this film is best described as a romantic comedy – and a successful one at that.

Young People Fucking, a.k.a. YPF, follows four couples and one threesome through six stages of a sexual experience: Prelude, Foreplay, Sex, Interlude, Orgasm and Afterglow. The Couple (Kristin Booth and Josh Dean) are going through a dry spell and want to spice up their marriage; the Exes (Sonja Bennett and Josh Cooke) reunite for a night of passion but stir-up some unresolved feelings; after 20 years, the Friends (Carly Pope and Aaron Abrams) attempt to become ‘friends with benefits;’ the First Date has a playboy (Callum Blue) confessing his history to his seemingly naïve potential partner (Diora Baird); and the Roommates Dave (Peter Oldring) and Gord (Ennis Esmer), who are usually at each others’ throats, put their differences aside for a threesome with Gord’s girlfriend (Natalie Lisinska). In each case, the partners discover sex is never just sex.

Actor Callum Blue in a scene from 'Young People F--king' (Supplied publicity photo, Maple Pictures, 2007)

Actor Callum Blue in a scene from 'Young People F–king' (Supplied publicity photo, Maple Pictures, 2007)

Most rom-coms tend to gloss over one of the most interesting parts of a relationship: the sex. Instead, YPF thoroughly explores this aspect, particularly what happens before and after the act, which tends to be more stimulating. The situations portrayed in the movie are ones that people could easily encounter in real-life and, to some extent, probably already have.

The illusion presented in most films of sex as a flawlessly choreographed act with the perfectly selected song playing in the background is broken. The lifelike chemistry between the actors allows for more realistic representations of sexual experiences, embracing the awkward, funny and romantic moments.

Although some politicians would have the public believe the film is obscene, they obviously have not seen the movie. The simulated sex and bare T & A are no more provocative than anything that can be seen during primetime television. YPF is about relationships, not intercourse.

The picture is definitely a commercially viable film. The dialogue is simultaneously smart, humorous and genuine; and overall, the movie is funny, spotlights talented actors, and looks great. Director Martin Gero’s feature debut proves his competence as a director and an intuitive, comedic writer.

Gero and co-writer Abrams took on a subject that’s been done repeatedly in teen flicks and created an entertaining comedy about sex for adults.

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