Review: ‘The Sex Movie’

Not entirely surprisingly for a film with such a blatant come-on title, "the sex movie" emerges as nearly all talk and almost no action. Still, it's all talk about sex, which will titillate some. As a quartet of hotties spend the night defending -- when not compromising -- their claimed Kinsey Scale identifications, enough yelling and pontificating and dirty-secret-airing occurs to make the pic feel like a middling Off-Off-Broadway play that found its way to video.

Not entirely surprisingly for a film with such a blatant come-on title, “the sex movie” emerges as nearly all talk and almost no action. Still, it’s all talk about sex, which will titillate some. As a quartet of hotties spend the night defending — when not compromising — their claimed Kinsey Scale identifications, enough yelling and pontificating and dirty-secret-airing occurs to make the pic feel like a middling Off-Off-Broadway play that found its way to video. Still, it’s a painless watch that will provoke discussion among home viewers regarding just how bi-curious (or tolerant) they are.

After a day’s work in various capacities on a San Francisco porn shoot, four friends — ones who’ll readily tear like emotional piranhas into each others’ insecurities — repair to Kris’ (Michelle Mosley) loft apartment. She announces, “I woke up and thought damn, I just want to lose my hang-ups,” commencing drink-enhanced mind games that reveal contrary if fairly predictable things about macho straight dude J.D. (Matthew Tyler), man-hater lesbian Heidi (Eleese Longino) and gay guy Rafe (Mike Fallon). Diverting if schematic first feature for writer-helmer Colton Lawrence is decently acted and adequately packaged on a shoestring.

The Sex Movie

Production

An Argentic Pictures production in association with Outside Films. Produced by Colton Lawrence, Gabriel Diamond. Directed, written by Colton Lawrence.

Crew

Camera (color, Panasonic DVX), Gabriel Diamond; editor, Jason Mitchell; music, Zoran Bulatovic Bale, Steve Berkowitz; production designers, Lawrence, Diamond, Damon R. Silvester, Mike Fallon. Reviewed on DVD, San Francisco, June 21, 2006. (In San Francisco Lesbian & Gay Film Festival.) Running time: 84 MIN.

With

Mike Fallon, Eleese Longino, Michelle Mosley, Matthew Tyler.
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