REVIEW: Young People Fucking

Fairly uninterested in the film before seeing it allowed me to enjoy it all the more. I expected a very average film that only stood out due to its provocative title. Happily, I say it lives up to its hilarious title. Here’s the review:


Young People Fucking – a title that will amuse and intrigue most – is a comedy about how different couples do the dirty deed. Each couple is unique: the married couple; the best friends; the roommates; the co-workers; the divorced couple. All of the stories brought something great to the table; from the hilarious roommate section to the very sad divorce section, it works on many angles, but primarily the funny one. Martin Gero did a great job piecing together this five-storied perspective on sex. Rather than making each part of the story its own section, he divided the stories up into sections, which in turn spliced together all the stories. By this I mean that each story had the same six parts that would then be put together to create abstract story meshing. This is: i) Prologue; ii) Foreplay; iii) Sex; iv) Interlude; v) Orgasm; vi) Afterglow. Each part of these stories are hilarious and edited fantastically.The writing of all of this – done by director Martin Gero and actor Aaron Abrams – was very realistic (well, never having been in any of the situations, I can only say it felt real) and no lines seemed forced. The characters are all likable in some way, and there are a few turns here and there. Some stuff you wouldn’t expect to be in the film is, which made for a rather exciting movie in areas. If you love your comedy, the married couple is the funniest story. So many great lines and pragmatic blunders, its hard not to laugh. The only two stories I didn’t really like were the co-workers and the divorced couple; the latter because it didn’t really give you a desolate feeling, nor was it all that funny (however, the person I saw it with found it both of those things, so it’s clear that my opinion on that scene is give/take). The roommate scene was the most fun to watch out of all of them. Its concept is unmatched by any other I’ve seen in a very long time – believe me, you’ll enjoy every second of this part. Well, that’s all I’ll say about the sections, without having given much away.

Alright, so the performances! The performances are the main reason why the film worked. Everyone was perfect in the roles; all the chemistry was fantastic and it made it appear to be a documentary on sex, rather than a fictional film on it. The performance I enjoyed the most out of the entire cast was Josh Dean as Andrew (in the story: the married couple). My God, he was hilarious and perfect. He embodied the typical sexless, bored male, but with a nerdy tweek to it. The scene ‘afterglow’ alone had me in tears of laughter because of his delivery of one line. The funniest line of the year. Everyone else was great, too; Josh was just sublime. Another outstanding performance in the group was Ennis Esmer, who dominated the roommate portion. Since the story is basically all about him, everything relied on Esmer’s performance. He suited the character brilliantly and hit home with his precise take on Gord. Everyone else was very good or great, they’re just not as good as these two. No one was bad, so don’t worry about a weak link in the bunch; no one was that – a surprise, because most films have that. Anyways, a perfect ensemble: check it out. ***/****