Young People Fucking

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Year: 2007

Writer: Aaron Abrams & Martin Gero

Director: Martin Gero

Budget: $1.5 million Canadian dollars (estimated)

Gross: ?

Young People Fucking is a film that takes five various sexual encounters and takes us through them all in order through the six stages of sex: prelude, foreplay, sex, interlude, orgasm, and afterglow.  its a cute gimmick and one that could have been just that, but instead, helped by a really strong script, is an interesting and engaging device (that stages device reminded me of another small canadian film i saw a few years back called Elephant Shoes in which a complete relationship cycle is played out over the course of 12 hours - that one wasn't as good as this thing is).

the six stages are played out via five various 'couples': friends, couple, exes, roommates, and first date.  and what really struck me about how strong the script was, was how these five couples were more then just their distinction.  while the obvious idea was to have each of these relationship/encounters fall into different archetypal situations, the actual depth of character involved was surprising and wonderful.

i'm not saying there is any crazy depth to the characters, and of course they, and each situation, do fit their type well, but i also found that everything wasn't typical or predictable of each situation - which it could have been given we have seen many of these relationships before (the couple that doesn't have sex anymore, the best friends hooking up, the exes getting together again, yada yada yada). there were stereotypical elements to the stories, but most, if not all of them, also had some real funny and/or interesting surprises thrown in as well. 

it is because of that, that i found myself relating to multiple parts of multiple stories.  i couldn't just say i was the 'exes' story or the first date' story, etc... i've been in long term couple relationships, and i've had the whole want-the-ex back thing, and i've had plenty of first dates.  i can assume most people out there have as well, which makes each person able - based on their own experiences with the opposite sex (or the same sex whatever your preference) to laugh and understand and question the various stories at various moments.

and the characters were also very engaging.  i found myself interested in each story line and when they would jump from one to another, there would be a second where i would miss, and want to continue, with the story i was just watching, but i would quickly reconnect with the story we were on and fall right into it. and it is also really funny.

sure the shocking title might get it some attention, but, besides that, it is a really good movie that you shouldn't lose sight of in this huge blockbuster season.  take one night off from the huge films and go see Young People Fucking.