Threesome (film)

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Threesome
Threesome ver1.jpg
theatrical release poster
Directed by Andrew Fleming
Produced by Brad Krevoy
Written by Andrew Fleming
Starring Lara Flynn Boyle
Stephen Baldwin
Josh Charles
Alexis Arquette
Martha Gehman
Music by Thomas Newman
Cinematography Alexander Gruszynski
Edited by William C. Carruth
Production
company
Motion Picture Corporation of America
Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Release dates
  • April 8, 1994 (1994-04-08)
Running time 93 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $10 million
Box office $14,815,317[1]

Threesome is a 1994 American comedy-drama film, written and directed by Andrew Fleming. The film is an autobiographical comedy mixed in with some social commentary, and is based on the college memories of Fleming. It was given an R rating by the Motion Picture Association of America. The movie stars Lara Flynn Boyle, Stephen Baldwin and Josh Charles.[2]

Plot[edit]

Due to an administrative error two male college students, the shy and intellectual Eddy (Josh Charles) and the All-American jock Stuart (Stephen Baldwin), end up with a female roommate. The university thought that Alex (Lara Flynn Boyle) was a man (based on her name) and thus the three students are forced to live with each other until the university can move Alex to a female residence hall.

Alex falls in love and tries unsuccessfully to seduce Eddy; Stuart is in love with Alex, and Eddy falls in love with Stuart. The trio become good friends and scare off anyone who tries to seduce the other. Eventually, Alex, Stuart and Eddy agree to have an actual threesome that seems to destroy the friendship, and raises the possibility that Alex might have become pregnant.

After the threesome, they start to drift apart. Three weeks later the semester ends and Alex moves to an apartment and Eddy gets a single dorm. Eddy (who acts as the film's narrator) eventually finds a boyfriend, Stuart finds happiness in a monogamous relationship with a woman, and Alex remains single. While they now only see each other for lunch occasionally, they do not seem to regret the friendship they had while in college.

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Reception[edit]

Upon release, the film received negative reviews. The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 26% of critics gave Threesome positive reviews, based on 23 reviews.[3] Peter Travers' review for Rolling Stone magazine stated, "We're supposed to get all teary when kinkiness threatens to break up a friendship that was hard to swallow in the first place. There's lots of glossy cinematography, courtesy of Alexander Gruszynski, as the three lovers wander the campus separately, looking contemplative. Now there's a laugh. Eddy, a film student, actually makes reference to François Truffaut's ménage à trois classic, Jules and Jim. Eddy, you wish."[4] Roger Ebert gave the film three stars and wrote "The dialogue is really the film's strongest element. The three actors are all smart, and able to reflect the way kids sometimes use words, even very bold words, as a mask for uncertainty and shyness."[5]

Home media[edit]

In 2001, a DVD of the film was released with some special features: a director's audio commentary, an alternate ending, various language subtitles and cast talent files.

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