Casual Sex? (2000) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)

It's one of those slice-of-life comedies where people talk endlessly about their problems with relationships. This particular one is narrated from the feminine point of view, written and directed by women, with Lea Thompson and Victoria Jackson talking directly to the camera.

IMDb viewers rate it very low, but I don't really agree that it should be below 5.0. There are some much worse movies that are rated a point or a point and a half higher. It has some funny moments, and it has some fairly incisive thoughts about man-woman relationships, packaged in light comedy. As noted in several reviews, the IMDb voters are not kind to comedies.

The famous "how to pretend you are a nice and caring person" schtick in Magnolia was derived straight out of Andrew Dice Clay's role in this movie. Diceman was studying a book with a title something like "how to fake being sensitive".

People underestimate how hard it is to act in comedy. Most actors aren't any good at it, and most comedians aren't any good at it. It is a special skill that requires one to be funny, but to stay in character and make the audience sympathize with you or hate you or whatever is necessary. So while it is possible that Lea Thompson and Victoria Jackson won't be stealing any roles from Francesca Annis, I think they are very good at this kind of character-based comedy. I watched them act in character, and I liked them. So the movie isn't that hard to watch.

NUDITY. The bad news: they manage to get through the entire movie without showing any breasts! Actually, you can see the side of Lea's at one point, but it's subtle. The good news: a fest for butt-lovers. Victoria shows hers in three different scenes, and although Lea's is visible in only one scene, there are two different camera set-ups, one of which is a slow and lusty pan across her whole back side in clear sunlight.

Hell, you can even see the Diceman's butt, if you're so inclined.

IMDB summary: 4.8 out of 10.

DVD info from Amazon. decent image quality, but a bare bones DVD of an 87 minute film.

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