Young People Fucking

Directed by Martin Gero

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Young People Fucking - Directed by Martin Gero
By Ashley CarterProduced by Toronto-based Copperheart Entertainment, Young People Fucking headed this yearís Canada First! line-up at the Toronto International Film Festival. Though no movie could possibly live up to the hype that this title knowingly creates, first-time director Martin Gero manages a solid and insightful sex comedy that at least doesnít make you feel duped.

With a small-ish budget of $1.5 million, the film takes place entirely in the respective bedrooms of five prototypical 20-something-ish couples: one long-term relationship, a first date, exes, wannabe fuck buddies (including Aaron Abrams, who co-wrote the script alongside Gero) and a proposed threesome. Itís formatted to follow each through the stages of a single sexual encounter, from "foreplayĒ to "afterglow.Ē Though the subject matter is obviously pretty blue, visually itís not all that racy, mostly because it doesnít really need to be, so donít expect any Shortbus-esque human pile-ups. The couplesí narrative paths never even cross, though itís easy to find emotional parallels in each situation despite the drastic differences in circumstance.

What entails is a thoughtfully hilarious psychosexual study and one of the smarter dialogue-driven sex comedies to hit the screen in a while. And though the whole thing admittedly loses some steam towards the end by not quite hitting any major revelations, the performances are unstoppable across the board.

Already being re-branded YPF by industry types who dare not speak its name, thereís a reason this small-budget film landed pre-fest distribution in Canada and the U.S. in spite of its title. Hopefully it doesnít undergo any major edits before its proper release.
(Maple)
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