Realease date: October 6, 2006
Director: John Cameron Mitchell
Screenplay: John Cameron Mitchell
Cast: Sook-Yin Lee, Peter Stickles, PJ Deboy, Paul Dawson, Lindsay Beamish

Although this movie is certainly not for the easily offended, I believe every single adult on sweet mother Earth should watch it.

This movie says “Sit down. We’re going to talk about sex.” I mean it. This is the “little talk” your parents were too embarrassed to give you.

Without intending to cover up anything or make any topic taboo, Shortbus tells us of love, pleasure, sex, relationships and the pursuit of these. It’s an intricate web of stories that are very human, portrayed through unforgettable characters.

This sincere and bold narrative takes us through the stories of various individuals and their struggles with pleasure in all its shapes and forms. From the male homosexual couple seeking a new addition to their relationship to a couple’s counselor who has never experienced an orgasm, this movie says it all. Each story simmers slowly throughout the movie as we explore each characters torments until it all boils together in the underground sex-club Shortbus.

This movie is excellent in its use of all human emotions. It’s funny and refreshing, sexy and bold but at the same time confusing and sad, compelling and deep. You get very involved with the characters which, by the way, are quite daring in their portrayal. The director of this movie took a big risk and nailed it! Shortbus manages to be sexual without being vulgar, sensual without being cheap and explores almost every aspect of human sexuality. Although it’s certainly not a movie you would like to watch with your mother, it’s a story you can’t miss out on.

Warning though, keep the virgin eyes at bay. Or if you’re like me, strap them to a chair and make them watch it.

Rating: ★★★★½ 

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A Caribbean Islander who wants to fly. Criminal Justice graduate with a lot to say about social injustice. An eternal scholar. I want to know everything. I blame Disney for making me a total dreamer. My head is mostly in the clouds and I have background music in real life.

2 Responses

  1. Camiele says:

    HOMG HOMG!!! *Fangirly flailness* I LOVE this film SOOOOOOO~ much I should be committed to a sanatorium!!! Literally, the firs time I saw it I almost died at how amazing it was… HaHa. Sorry about that. Just thought I’d share. Now I’m going to calm down in a corner somewhere… HaHa.

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