Sex and Breakfast

Posted November 30, 2007 in Film

Ellis (Kuno Becker) likes Denver omelettes. Beyond his morning diner order, writer-director Miles Brandman’s angst drama tells us nothing about him other than he and his long-time girlfriend Renee (Eliza Dushku, ultra-vamp) need to spice things up. Ditto for other paper doll couple James and Heather (Macaulay Culkin and Alexis Dziena) who have been convinced by Heather’s Summer of Love parents (Vincent Jerosa and Margaret Travolta) that the cure for their daughter’s inability to climax is a mind-expanding afternoon of group sex arranged by sexual counselor Dr. Wellbridge (Joanna Miles). In the week buildup to their orgy, the four restless young bedfellows talk lots and communicate little in trite and stagy digressions about voyeurism and bi-curiosity; even when they strip off their shirts, they’re still emotionally clothed. And for sitting through a film with only prurient concerns, the lads will be disappointed to see not even a bare bottom. But like placing nickel bets at the track, we’re curious—though not invested—in seeing if these couples will survive the encounter, and when they finally shut up and kiss, the moment has a bruising intimacy when we realize that Brandman has made us know what each inamorato is thinking even when they’re not saying a word. (Amy Nicholson)


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