You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Stay

A game and winning performance by Melinda Page Hamilton is the only saving grace of "Stay," a rasty sex comedy from Bobcat Goldthwait about the perils of telling the whole truth. Dropping its bomb in the opening scene, pic far exceeds the limits of how far a one-joke comedy can be extended by spending the rest of the running time dealing with the fallout.

With:
With: Melinda Page Hamilton, Bryce Johnson, Colby French, Geoff Pierson, Jack Plotnick, Bonita Friedericy.

A game and winning performance by Melinda Page Hamilton is the only saving grace of “Stay,” a rasty sex comedy from Bobcat Goldthwait about the perils of telling the whole truth. Dropping its bomb in the opening scene — college girl Amy orally services (off-screen) her dog one lonely night — pic far exceeds the limits of how far a one-joke comedy can be extended by spending the rest of the running time dealing with the fallout after she relents to her fiance’s demand that she tell him the grossest thing she ever did. A theatrical date for this extreme low-budgeter is a real long shot.

As news of Amy’s youthful transgression spreads to her uptight parents and dead-ender brother, her life spins downward, and climax hinges on how she reacts when her next b.f. makes the same tell-me-everything request. Pic is off-putting from the gamey opening scene not so much for the subject matter as for its amateurish video look, exacerbated throughout by ugly use of wide angle lenses and complete lack of visual savoir faire. Interiors are cramped, and an aggressively cutesy French-style accordion-score produces extra cringes.

Stay

Production: Produced by Marty Pasetta Jr. Co-producers, Sarah de Sa Rego, Michael Malone. Directed, written by Bobcat Goldthwait.

Crew: Camera (Technicolor, video), Ian S. Takahashi; editor, Jason Stewart; music, Jerry Brunskill; production designer, Melanie Mandl; costume designer, Sara de Sa Rego. Reviewed at Sundance Film Festival (competing), Jan. 21, 2006. Running time: 89 MIN.

With: With: Melinda Page Hamilton, Bryce Johnson, Colby French, Geoff Pierson, Jack Plotnick, Bonita Friedericy.

More Film

  • 'Profile' Review: Timur Bekmambetov's Lurid Online

    Berlin Film Review: 'Profile'

    A game and winning performance by Melinda Page Hamilton is the only saving grace of “Stay,” a rasty sex comedy from Bobcat Goldthwait about the perils of telling the whole truth. Dropping its bomb in the opening scene — college girl Amy orally services (off-screen) her dog one lonely night — pic far exceeds the […]

  • 'Black Panther' Heading to Box Office

    Box Office: 'Black Panther' Heads to Glory With $235 Million Holiday Weekend

    A game and winning performance by Melinda Page Hamilton is the only saving grace of “Stay,” a rasty sex comedy from Bobcat Goldthwait about the perils of telling the whole truth. Dropping its bomb in the opening scene — college girl Amy orally services (off-screen) her dog one lonely night — pic far exceeds the […]

  • 'U - July 22' Review: A

    Berlin Film Review: 'U - July 22'

    A game and winning performance by Melinda Page Hamilton is the only saving grace of “Stay,” a rasty sex comedy from Bobcat Goldthwait about the perils of telling the whole truth. Dropping its bomb in the opening scene — college girl Amy orally services (off-screen) her dog one lonely night — pic far exceeds the […]

  • Berlinale: 'The War Has Ended' Awarded

    Berlinale: 'The War Has Ended' Awarded Two Co-Production Market Prizes

    A game and winning performance by Melinda Page Hamilton is the only saving grace of “Stay,” a rasty sex comedy from Bobcat Goldthwait about the perils of telling the whole truth. Dropping its bomb in the opening scene — college girl Amy orally services (off-screen) her dog one lonely night — pic far exceeds the […]

  • The Greatest Showman on Earth

    Japan Box Office: ‘Greatest Showman’ Pitches Up as Weekend Winner

    A game and winning performance by Melinda Page Hamilton is the only saving grace of “Stay,” a rasty sex comedy from Bobcat Goldthwait about the perils of telling the whole truth. Dropping its bomb in the opening scene — college girl Amy orally services (off-screen) her dog one lonely night — pic far exceeds the […]

  • No Merchandising. Editorial Use Only. No

    Korea Box Office: ‘Black Panther’ Rules Holiday Weekend

    A game and winning performance by Melinda Page Hamilton is the only saving grace of “Stay,” a rasty sex comedy from Bobcat Goldthwait about the perils of telling the whole truth. Dropping its bomb in the opening scene — college girl Amy orally services (off-screen) her dog one lonely night — pic far exceeds the […]

  • IN DEN GÄNGEN (R: Thomas Stuber);

    Berlin: Music Box Buys U.S. Rights to Thomas Stuber's 'In the Aisles'

    A game and winning performance by Melinda Page Hamilton is the only saving grace of “Stay,” a rasty sex comedy from Bobcat Goldthwait about the perils of telling the whole truth. Dropping its bomb in the opening scene — college girl Amy orally services (off-screen) her dog one lonely night — pic far exceeds the […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content