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Sex, Politics & Cocktails (Unrated)

Release Date: July 1st, 2005 (NYC-Quad Cinema), by Regent Releasing/Here! Films.
The Cast: Julien Hernandez, Melisa Petroro, Seth Macari, Alex Douglas, Don Max.
Directed by: Julien Hernandez.

BASIC PREMISE: A woman (Petroro) introduces a sexually-confused, lonely 30 year-old (Hernandez) to her gay male friends.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: . What makes it fun to watch is the wild energy of the entire cast as well as the inventive editing and flashy cinematography. There is a long flashback that explains how all the gay male friends (and one woman) met one another. Many of these scenes are provocative and quirky enough to be considered entertaining, especially a scene where a doctor defines a "bossy bottom" in a hilarious monologue. The characters behave freely and are very open about their sexuality--which is not easy to say about many people, which is why many scenes are difficult to watch. The script is very well-written, with some witty dialogue peppered throughout as well as some off-beat humor. Even though the plot is not particularly suspenseful and there is not much character development, it is still engaging to watch these characters play off of each other throughout the sexual chaos in the "city of lost angels", so to speak.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: There aren't any interesting, insightful messages to take from this film except that it can take time for one to discover him or herself. By the end of the film, it is not clear if the main character is truly happy, but at least he is following his heart. The main reason for the ambiguity with this question of his happiness is because the guy who he finally goes off with is just introduced at the end of the film. There not much information about him other than that he is wealthy, so it is hard to come to any conclusions. But, then again, part of the reality of living in LA is that relationships can come and go very quickly; perhaps they will end up together, who knows? The real question is "Who cares?" and, unfortunately, there is not much information about either character to truly care.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: There is plenty of sex and even a little alcohol, but not enough insightful politics.


THE BOTTOM LINE: A wild, energetic, well-written film with quirky characters and inventive editing techniques but there aren't any messages that make the film have an emotional or intellectual impact.

RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (2nd Run)

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