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Rub & Tug

A mild comedy centered around a Toronto massage parlor, "Rub & Tug" will find its main audience among hormonally charged teenage boys. Ancillary should be bright for this innocuous, mildly sexy item, which boasts a trio of bodacious babes as the masseuses willing to provide extra services, for the usual fees.

With:
With: Don McKellar, Lindy Booth, Tara Spencer-Nairn, Kira Clavell, Susanna Sutchy.

A mild comedy centered around a Toronto massage parlor, “Rub & Tug” will find its main audience among hormonally charged teenage boys. Ancillary should be bright for this innocuous, mildly sexy item, which boasts a trio of bodacious babes as the masseuses willing to provide extra services, for the usual fees.

Don McKellar plays Conrad, the new manager of the small business whose chief assets are the lovely Lea (Lindy Booth), Betty (Tara Spencer-Nairn) and Cindy (Kira Clavell). Cindy, who is Asian, needs to marry someone quickly in order to stay in Canada, and is the most desperate of the three. Lea is concealing from her boyfriend the real nature of her work, while Betty is the most sophisticated of the trio. The girls think they can control both their clients and Conrad, but Conrad turns out to have his own agenda. Pic, shot in bright colors, contains an animated sequence for no particular reason, and is easy to take if completely undemanding. Thesping is as bright and breezy as the general air of squeaky-clean sexuality.

Rub & Tug

Canada

Production: A Les Films Seville release of a Willow Pictures production, with the participation of Telefilm Canada, the Movie Network. (International sales: Willow Pictures Inc., Toronto.) Produced by Edward Stanulis. Directed by Soo Lyu. Screenplay, Soo Lyu, Edward Stanulis.

Crew: Camera (De Luxe color), D. Gregor Hagey; editor, Daniel Palmer; music, Francois Paterson, Dominic Paterson (Soma Somic); production designers, Richard Stipl, Edith Jerabkova. Reviewed at Toronto Film Festival (Perspective Canada), Sept. 10, 2002. Running time: 89 MIN.

With: With: Don McKellar, Lindy Booth, Tara Spencer-Nairn, Kira Clavell, Susanna Sutchy.

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