Scenes of a Sexual Nature Ed Blum

Scenes of a Sexual Nature Ed Blum

This film should win the award for "most misleading title of all time.” Either that or it should be called Two-Hour Tease Fest in England. There is no sex in this movie at all, just talk of the act, so much talk in fact that it brings back shades of grade five Sex Ed, which if you remember correctly, only made you hornier, since sex was so fun, crazy and only for adults. Yes, you could say this is sex education, only not for kids but rather for British adults that strike out in the "get some” department like it’s going out of style. We meet a variety of couples (enter Ewan McGregor, Sophie Okenedo and Gina McKee, amongst others). Each pair have a unique problem and all of these problems revolve around sex. One married man gets caught fawning over a young little dame in the park and his wife snaps. An older dude realises that his new crush is actually his old crush from years ago. One couple even break up then get back together more times than you’re willing to care for. Mix in some seriously grim issues like divorce, post-break-up hatred, gay adoption and mid-life crises and things only become more muddled. It’s hard to understand what’s going on at any given time because as problems increase, nothing gets solved, and then it’s over. As for the bonus features, director Blum and revered writer Aschlin Ditta entertain with some sprightly commentary, explaining the whole process from conception to luring big name actors to the final decision of excluding sex altogether. Also included is a 40-minute "behind the scenes” documentary in which Blum reveals how he "embraced” the restrictions of a miniscule budget. At least budding filmmakers will get something out of this tutorial. (Mongrel Media)