Young People Fucking
|Young People Fucking|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Martin Gero|
|Produced by||Martin Gero
|Written by||Martin Gero
|Music by||Todor Kobakov|
|Cinematography||Arthur E. Cooper|
|Editing by||Mike Banas|
|Distributed by||Maple Pictures (Canada)
|Running time||90 minutes|
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The film intertwines the story of four different couples and one threesome over the course of one sexual encounter, with specific chapters for each one: prelude, foreplay, sex, interlude, orgasm and afterglow. Each couple represents a specific archetype:
- The Best Friends – Matt and Kristen decide to become friends with benefits, but discover romantic feelings for each other exist.
- The Couple – Long-time couple Andrew and Abby are having trouble trying to put spice back into their lovelife and try something..."new".
- The Exes – Mia and Eric meet up for a one-off after having broken up some time back.
- The First Date – Jamie brings her womanizing date Ken back to her apartment.
- The Roommates – The two friends are roommates and one friend tells the other to have sex with his girlfriend.
- Aaron Abrams as Matt
- Carly Pope as Kristen
- Kristin Booth as Abby
- Josh Dean as Andrew
- Sonja Bennett as Mia
- Josh Cooke as Eric
- Diora Baird as Jamie/Dora
- Callum Blue as Ken
- Ennis Esmer as Gord
- Peter Oldring as Dave
- Natalie Lisinska as Inez
Reviews were generally positive, with Liberal Heritage critic Denis Coderre awarding the film three stars and describing it as a "social reality check." New Democratic Party Heritage critic Bill Siksay said, "I had a good time, I laughed a lot. There was some serious exploration of relationships, but it was fun. [...] What I would find offensive is that anybody would try and enforce their own sense of personal taste to prohibit a movie like that from being made".
The film was at the centre of a Canadian political controversy in 2006: The Canadian federal government enacted Bill C-10, allowing the government to retroactively strip tax credits from films deemed "offensive or not in the public interest" by the Heritage Minister. A special screening was held in Ottawa, which was well-attended by opposition Members of Parliament, although no MPs from the governing Conservative Party attended. One staffer for Cambridge MP Gary Goodyear was fired for reserving a ticket in his name without permission.
Writer/director Gero stated: "I think we're an easy target – we've got a swear in the title –. And also no one's seen it. So it's easy for the pro-C-10 people, whoever they are, I've only met one, to say...this is obviously pornography, we want to shut it down". "Our generation makes an effort to separate love and sex," says Gero. "They're all trying to do this thing, and they're all failing miserably...we're saying, 'Listen, people our age. This is really hard to do without being emotionally involved.'"
- Robert Benzie (June 12, 2008). "Premier supports tax aid for racy film". Toronto Star. Retrieved June 16, 2008.
- Worboy, Martha. No censorship threat in Bill C-10: Verner. Canwest News Service, March 4, 2008.
- CBC Radio – The House: Saturday, May 31, 2008 (mp3 podcast download) Time: 18:30–22:45
- Stone, Jay. Controversial film showcased to feds: censorship debate boosts film's profile. Canwest News Service, May 31, 2008.
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