Casual Sex? (1988)


“Don’t let it get to you. Just think, if you separated her individual body parts with, say, like a huge a meat cleaver, and then laid them out on a table, you wouldn’t think she was such hot stuff. ” – Stacy

Number of Times Seen – 1 (29 Jul 2018)

Brief Synopsis – In the early days of the AIDS scare, two best friends travel to a vacation resort in order to find true romance.

My Take on it – This is a film that I had never seen before but recall wanting to see as a teen after seeing the trailer for it.

They do a great job here of beg quite explicit as to their goal and I liked the way that it gives the female perspective on things instead of the usual male point of view of these kind of films.

The different scenarios and events that this film portrays come across as being quite genuine and realistic despite being a bit over the top.

On the surface, it would seem that ea Thompson is a terrible choice for the lead in this film especially since she usually payed pretty wholesome characters in 80’s films, but she quickly gets us to believe that her character is real especially with what she is given to work with.

The pacing of the film is quite off and there are too many scenes that feel “tacked” on and could have been completely skipped over which would have made this a much tighter film.

The supporting cast works quite well here with Victoria Jackson, Mary Gross, Jerry Levine and Andrew “Dice” Clay rounding out the core group.

Jackson and Gross are SNL alumni and make some of their interactions in the film quite humorous.

Levine is fine in the kind of role he is given and Clay may have been cast as a “gimmick”, yet manages to hold his own and make things work.

Bottom Line – Really liked the way that this film is very in your face with everything it deals with the scenarios depicted come across quite well.  On the surface, Thompson seems like the wrong choice for the lead especially when she was largely cast in wholesome roles in the 80s, but she does a great job with what her character is given.  The rest of the cast manage to give us enough laughs along the way.  Great seeing SNL alumni among the cast especially Jackson and Gross who both manage to be quite funny in important scenes. Levine is the perfect choice to play opposite Jackson and having “Dice” in this film might feel like a gimmick, yet that too works.  The story itself doesn’t move along at a great pace though and some of the scenes feel too forced as if they were required to add more scenes because it was too short.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to ‘Time Out’, the film’s source production was “originally a three-song sketch by Wendy Goldman and Judy Toll’, it was then worked up into a play, and finally a screenplay, reflecting the new AIDS consciousness”. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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