A thirtysomething academic discovers sexual desire by performing in a porn movie.
Resolutely unfunny when it tries to mine comedic veins, Huh Eunhee’s “My Heart Beats” attempts to show how a virginal thirtysomething academic discovers sexual desire by performing in a porn movie that, unaccountably, becomes a hit. As such, the South Korean production merges elements from American comedies “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “Zack and Miri Make a Porno”; taken together, they’re a mess, resulting in a movie that’s always off by a beat or two. Asian specialty fests are the best berth.
English lit lecturer Juri (You Dong-sook) reconnects with former friend and now-porn producer Myung-sook (Byeon Ji-yeon, droll), and finds the turn-on of being in an adult film difficult to resist. She also finds that students at her university are moonlighting as porn stars, and it’s with one of them, Ryul (One Tae-hee), that her long streak as a virgin ends. Juri’s terrible lack of erotic allure drives director J.J. (Kang Seok-ho) nuts, but she eventually gets the hang of it. Various subplots and themes, such as episodes with suggestive forms of fruit and Juri’s lectures on D.H. Lawrence, are all a muddle.