While fulfilling titular obligations, "Six Sex Scenes and a Murder" provides tepid titillation as various suspects produce carnal alibis around the slaying of a handsome ne'er-do-well.

While fulfilling titular obligations, “Six Sex Scenes and a Murder” provides tepid titillation as various suspects produce carnal alibis around the slaying of a handsome ne’er-do-well. Writer-director-producer Julie Rubio’s first feature was inspired by her own experience of a boyfriend killed by a gangland hit. That story is likely more interesting than this fictionalized form, a quasi-1940s noir mystery that hasn’t enough style, intricacy or excitement to accomplish the job. Local production booked a week at San Francisco’s Lumiere starting May 30, but further hardtop prospects look remote.

Shot outside an S.F. nightclub, Nick Hamilton (Richard Anthony Crenna Jr., a buffed-up version of his late dad) had plenty of potential enemies, having been involved in vague criminal activities for some time — recently with a big mob boss. Onetime true love Regan (Kristin Minter) is among the many grilled by Detective Reece (Jasper Watts) the next morning. Their last-night confessions encompass several Kinsey Scale points but are awfully mild (some pecs/breasts exposed) as erotica. Thesps seem mostly cast for looks. Writing and pacing are flat, while tech/design aspects suggest low-end cable as the likeliest destination.

– Dennis Harvey

Six Sex Scenes and a Murder

Production

An East Meets West production. Produced by Julie Rubio. Executive producer, Rob Meadows. Co-producers, Ramona Torres Maramonte, Justin Barber. Directed, written by Julie Rubio.

Crew

Camera (color, HDcam), Marty Rosenberg; editor, Anthony Lucero; music, John Pratt; art director, Christine Gilb. Reviewed at Dolby Labs Screening Room, San Francisco, May 21, 2008. Running time: 114 MIN.

With

Richard Anthony Crenna Jr., Kristin Minter, Jasper Watts, Christine Suzanne Gilb, Gregory Pedemonte, Regina Melzer, Amy Jo Brojan, Kristen Nice, Jordan Westfall, Doug Woodbury, Jeffery Davis, Michelle Chantal, Ricky Saenz, Bruno Kanter, Greg Plitt, Bob Ramos.
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