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The Boys and Girls Guide to Getting Down

Cheeky but never quite certain whether to spoof its vapid partygoers and clubbers or join 'em, "The Boys and Girls Guide to Getting Down" could be called "The Hipster Date Book for Dummies." Adopting the formats of educational pics and how-to books, pic offers sloppy, semi-satirically staged scenes as examples (with thesps playing types) of what to do and what not to do when going out on the town to get laid.

Cheeky but never quite certain whether to spoof its vapid partygoers and clubbers or join ’em, “The Boys and Girls Guide to Getting Down” could be called “The Hipster Date Book for Dummies.” Adopting the formats of educational pics and how-to books — complete with 16 “chapters” — pic offers sloppy, semi-satirically staged scenes as examples (with thesps playing types) of what to do and what not to do when going out on the town to get laid. Pic’s rough production values and flubbed comedy contrast with the amusing and plentiful voice-over narration and the dazzling graphic design that suggests Peter Max on ecstasy. Current four-walling at Los Angeles’ Regent Showcase isn’t likely to lead to many theatrical hook-ups, but vid looks decent for private parties.

Chapters describe various techniques for slipping past the velvet rope (“Getting In”), tipping bartenders, rolling joints, distinguishing between recreational and “sketchy” drugs, and the art of the after-party party. Writer-director Paul Sapiano amusingly slips in mock-scientific “studies,” while pencil-sketched characters visualize points explained on the hyperactive soundtrack.

The Boys and Girls Guide to Getting Down

  • Production: A Boys & Girls Guide, LLC presentation in association with King Cut Editorial and Concrete Images Inc. Produced by Hani Selem. Executive producers, Paul Sapiano, Enrique Aguirre. Directed, written by Paul Sapiano.
  • Crew: Camera (color, DV), Roman Jakobi ; editor, Enrique Aguirre; music, Stanley Clarke, Dirty Vegas; music supervisors, Amine Ramer, Dan Mancini; production designer, Matthew Holt; costume designer, Candice Carella; sound, Josh Steinberg, Dana Kopetsky; graphic designer, Larimie Garcia; casting, Lynne Quirion. Reviewed at Regent Showcase Theatre, Los Angeles, July 1, 2006. (In Los Angeles Film Festival -- Guilty Pleasures.) MPAA Rating: R. Running time: 92 MIN.
  • With: <B> Narrators</B> Paul Sapiano, Lisa P .
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