This frank--and frankly hilarious--Canadian indie certainly lives up to its risqué title, but there's more going on in than just sex in this debut from writer/director Martin Gero. Though the filmmaker has plenty of experience from his work on sci-fi favorite STARGATE: ATLANTIS, this comedy presents a reality-based look at relationships in the real world. YPF follows one night in the lives of four couples and one threesome. There's a pair on their first date, with a British bad boy (Callum Blue) trying to seduce his young coworker (Diora Baird). Meanwhile, a longtime couple (Kristin Booth and Josh Dean) attempt drastic measures to drag themselves out of their sexual rut. Though Mia (Sonja Bennett) and Eric (Josh Cooke) have ended their relationship, they try to reconnect on a physical level, but some old feelings resurface. Two close friends (Carly of POPULAR fame and writer Aaron Abrams) decide to add a new dimension to their relationship, but it turns out that there may be some emotions hidden beneath their buddy-buddy interaction. And finally, there's the awkward contact between two roommates at war (Peter Oldring and Ennis Esmer) who can only agree on the hotness of one of their girlfriends (Natalie Lisinska), but they decide to spend the night as a trio. YPF is fresh and funny, and it's hard not to identify with at least one of the pairings. The dialogue is witty, but it never feels rehearsed. Though most of the actors are unknown south of the Canadian border, each of them gives a heartfelt, genuine performance that should lead to more work in the future.
Each of five stories traces a single sexual encounter between each couple, leading from "Foreplay" through to "Afterglow." Each couple's attempt to have sex is met with an endless stream of complications. The Couple, Abby (KRISTIN BOOTH) and Andrew (JOSH DEAN), try to spice up their stale love life, only to discover that things are worse than they thought. Matt (AARON ABRAMS) and Kristen (CARLY POPE) are The Friends, lifelong buddies, one sick and the other sick of love. Their plan to sleep together goes off the rails when romance rears its ugly head. The Exes, Mia (SONJA BENNETT) and Eric (JOSH COOKE), hook up again for old time's sake, while trying to hide the feelings they still have for one another. In The First Date, world-class playboy Ken (CALLUM BLUE) comes clean about his history to his naïve young date Jamie (DIORA BAIRD), learning some of her secrets in the process. The Roommates, Dave (PETER OLDRING) and Gord (ENNIS ESMER) are normally at each other's throats, but set aside their differences for a threesome with Gord's girlfriend Inez (NATALIE LISINSKA). In each case, the couple (and trio) discovers that sex isn't always simple.
Source - Maple Pictures
Romantic Comedy |