Neil's Party (2005) from Tuna

Neil's Party is an indie teen sex comedy from the UK.  It is set in comfortable suburbia, and centers around four male friends who are all 18, just out of high school, and want to get laid. In the central story, Neil (Andrew Casey) is in love with Lauren Bigby, who is his best friend and coworker, but she loves someone else. Another of the lads is pressuring his girl for sex, and she isn't quite ready. When Neil's parents leave town, leaving him and his somewhat older sister to mind the house, he and his friends finally decide that the answer to their non-existent sex life will be a huge party.

I don't want to give many of the gags away, as this is well worth the watch, but here is one small one. Neil becomes disenchanted with his party when he fails to achieve his goal for the night, and rings up the local police to complain about the noise. The attractive female dispatcher discovers that it is his party, and talks him into going back in and enjoying it rather than making a complaint.

It was shot on high-definition video by first time director/writer/producer Stephen Pidgeon, and most of the cast and crew worked with no salary. Some say it was a decent effort given what it was. I will go much further. It is an outstanding effort given what it was, and in a genre which has been rather crowded since the American Pie franchise started, Neil's Party manages a somewhat fresh approach and some new ideas. While it is not as original as American Pie was when it first came out, neither would American Pie be today.

The film meets all the standard genre requirements, including a couple of gross-out jokes, embarrassing moments, and the like, but it also takes the time to develop three-dimensional characters and to focus on a group of normal wholesome kids doing what normal wholesome kids would really do. That by itself is refreshing. All in all, this is an excellent first effort, especially for a low budget indie, and is actually a competent teen sex comedy.



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  • Party Time: The Making Of Neil's Party
  • Shots: The Shooting Of Neil's Party
  • Preparing The Party: Writing Neil's Party



Mauren Bigby and Emma Rice - breasts

Plus a very fleeting breast peek from Emma Boardman (with no visible face)

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Based on this description, this film is a C, solid coming-of-age comedy, and an excellent achievement for a low-budget production.

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