Young People Fucking

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Young People Fucking
YPF Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Martin Gero
Produced by
Written by
  • Martin Gero
  • Aaron Abrams
Music by Todor Kobakov
Cinematography Arthur E. Cooper
Edited by Mike Banas
Distributed by Maple Pictures
Release date
  • 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.


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 first out of five is called The Best Friends because the characters, Matt and Kristen, decide to become friends with benefits. They discover romantic feelings for each other.

The second stereotype being The Couple. Andrew and Abby, a long-time couple, are having trouble trying to put spice back into their lovelife and try something "new".

The third stereotype is labeled The Exes. In it, Mia and Eric meet up for a one-off sexual encounter after having broken up some time back.

In the fourth stereotype, The First Date, Jamie brings her womanizing date Ken back to her apartment.

And in the final fifth stereotype, The Roommates, 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.



The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 37% of 19 surveyed critics gave the film a positive review; the average rating was 5.2/10.[3] Metacritic rated it 39/100 based on five reviews.[4] Justin Chang of Variety wrote, "Neither as extreme nor, for that matter, as interesting as its troublesome title, Young People Fucking delivers what it promises, though calling them 'people' might be overstating the case."[5] Liam Lacey of The Globe and Mail rated it 2.5/4 stars and said that the film is not as outrageous as its title. Lacey called it appropriate for an American cable TV series.[6] Peter Howell of The Toronto Star rated it 3/4 stars and called it "very funny and insightful".[7] Leonard Klady of Screen Daily wrote, "Neither documentary nor hardcore, it's an ingeniously constructed pastiche of sexual encounters presented affectionately and with humour."[8]


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.[9]

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".[10] "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.'"[11]


  1. ^ Robert Benzie (June 12, 2008). "Premier supports tax aid for racy film". Toronto Star. Retrieved June 16, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Young People Fucking". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved October 2, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Young People Fucking (Y.P.F.) (2007)". Rotten Tomatoes. Archived from the original on September 9, 2010. Retrieved October 2, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Young People Fucking". Metacritic. Archived from the original on October 5, 2010. Retrieved October 2, 2014. 
  5. ^ Chang, Justin (September 1, 2008). "Review: 'Young People Fucking'". Variety. Retrieved October 2, 2014. 
  6. ^ Lacey, Liam (June 14, 2008). "Relax - the title is as outrageous as this movie gets". The Globe and Mail. Archived from the original on October 3, 2014. Retrieved October 2, 2014. 
  7. ^ Howell, Peter (June 13, 2008). "Young People F---ing: Just good, clean fun". The Toronto Star. Archived from the original on October 3, 2014. Retrieved October 2, 2014. 
  8. ^ Klady, Leonard (September 25, 2007). "Young People Fucking". Screen Daily. Archived from the original on September 7, 2009. Retrieved October 2, 2014. 
  9. ^ Worboy, Martha. No censorship threat in Bill C-10: Verner. Canwest News Service, March 4, 2008.
  10. ^ CBC Radio – The House: Saturday, May 31, 2008 (mp3 podcast download) Time: 18:30–22:45 Archived July 6, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ Stone, Jay. Controversial film showcased to feds: censorship debate boosts film's profile. Canwest News Service, May 31, 2008.

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