Despite its come-hither title, "Scenes of a Sexual Nature" features nothing more shocking than a bare male bottom and some smutty talk. First-time helmer Ed Blum squanders an impressive cast by forcing them to recite screenplay's banal dialogue, creating a skit show that wouldn't cut it on local TV.
Despite its come-hither title, “Scenes of a Sexual Nature” features nothing more shocking than a bare male bottom and some smutty talk. Low budget Brit criss-crosser finds a spectrum of couples — strangers and old lovers, gays and straights — taking the air in London’s Hampstead Heath park. First-time helmer Ed Blum squanders an impressive cast by forcing them to recite screenplay’s banal dialogue, creating a skit show that wouldn’t cut it on local TV. Pic bowed domestically on Nov. 3 in niche venues, and has taken in approximately $100,000.
In pic’s most convincingly written section, Ewan McGregor, biggest name here, plays a gay man who says he’ll stop cruising if his partner (Douglas Hodge) will agree to adopt a child with him. Gina McKee and Hugh Bonneville also fare well as two prickly characters on a blind date. However, most of the other encounters — such as Catherine Tate and Adrian Lester as an impossibly harmonious divorced couple, and Eileen Atkins and Benjamin Whitrow as one-time lovers meeting accidentally after 50 years — range from silly to trite. At least the park itself is pretty to behold.