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My Awkward Sexual Adventure

With a sense of humor that suggests a network sitcom but enough sexual content to earn an NC-17 rating, "My Awkward Sexual Adventure" is one white elephant of a Canadian romantic comedy -- unimaginable as a remake, or playing anywhere outside latenight cable.

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With: Jonas Chernick, Emily Hampshire, Sarah Manninen, Vik Sahay.

With a sense of humor that suggests a network sitcom but enough sexual content to earn an NC-17 rating, “My Awkward Sexual Adventure” is one white elephant of a Canadian romantic comedy — unimaginable as a remake, or playing anywhere outside latenight cable. While it has a protagonist too socially inept to be believed, helmer Sean Garrity’s briskly paced farce does offer a winning performance by Emily Hampshire, who, despite playing a financially bankrupt culinary genius and pole dancer, is the most believable performer here.

Nebbishy accountant Jordan Abrams (scripter-producer Jonas Chernick) has inspired such sexual exasperation in the bodacious Rachel Stern (Sarah Manninen) that she finally breaks it off with him. Jordan spends much of the rest of the movie in a state of near-pathological denial, despite meeting the far superior Julia (Hampshire), whom everyone but Jordan knows he’s going to be with at the end. Jordan is clueless to the point of being unsympathetic, and it says something that his efforts to save Julia from financial ruin, rather than all the sexual horseplay, are the most engaging parts of the film.

My Awkward Sexual Adventure

Canada

Production: A Phase 4 Films presentation of a Julijette/Banana-Moon Sky Films production. (International sales: Archstone Distribution, Los Angeles.) Produced by Jonas Chernick, Juliette Hagopian. Executive producers, Hagopian, Berry Meyerowitz, Jessica Labi. Directed by Sean Garrity. Screenplay, Jonas Chernick.

Crew: Camera (color), Gavin Smith; editor, John Gurdebeke; music, Ari Posner; production designer, Rejean Labrie; set decorator, C. Summer Holmes; costume designer, Wanda Farian; sound, Stan Mak; stunt coordinator, Dan Skene; line producer, Norman Denver; casting, Jim Heber, Lori Stefaniuk. Reviewed at Toronto Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema), Sept. 8, 2012. Running time: 104 MIN.

Cast: With: Jonas Chernick, Emily Hampshire, Sarah Manninen, Vik Sahay.

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