Young People Fucking

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Young People Fucking
YPF Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Martin Gero
Produced by Martin Gero
Aaron Abrams
Written by Martin Gero
Aaron Abrams
Starring Aaron Abrams
Carly Pope
Kristin Booth
Josh Dean
Sonja Bennett
Josh Cooke
Diora Baird
Callum Blue
Enis Esmer
Peter Oldring
Natalie Lisinska
Music by Todor Kobakov
Cinematography Arthur E. Cooper
Edited by Mike Banas
Distributed by Maple Pictures (Canada)
THINKFilm (US)
Release date(s)
  • September 6, 2007 (2007-09-06) (TIFF)
  • June 13, 2008 (2008-06-13) (Canada)
Running time 90 minutes
Country Canada
Language English
Budget CDN$1.4 million[1]
Box office $14,459[2]

Young People Fucking, also called Y.P.F., is a 2007 Canadian comedy directed, written, and produced by Martin Gero and Aaron Abrams. It debuted at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival.

Plot[edit]

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.
Members of the cast of Young People Fucking at a 2007 eTalk Schmooze event, during the Toronto International Film Festival.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

Reviews were generally positive, with Liberal Heritage critic Denis Coderre awarding the film three stars and describing it as a "social reality check."[citation needed] 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".

Controversy[edit]

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.[3] 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.[citation needed]

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".[4] "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.'"[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Robert Benzie (June 12, 2008). "Premier supports tax aid for racy film". Toronto Star. Retrieved June 16, 2008. 
  2. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=youngpeoplefucking.htm
  3. ^ Worboy, Martha. No censorship threat in Bill C-10: Verner. Canwest News Service, March 4, 2008.
  4. ^ CBC Radio – The House: Saturday, May 31, 2008 (mp3 podcast download) Time: 18:30–22:45
  5. ^ Stone, Jay. Controversial film showcased to feds: censorship debate boosts film's profile. Canwest News Service, May 31, 2008.

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