Monday, August 22, 2016

Humpday (2009)

Director: Lynn Shelton

Stars: Mark Duplass, Joshua Leonard, Alycia Delmore

When Andrew unexpectedly shows up on Ben's doorstep late one night, the two old college friends immediately fall into their old dynamic of heterosexual one-upmanship. To save Ben from domestication, Andrew invites Ben to a party at a sex-positive commune. Everyone their plans on making erotic art films for the local amateur porn festival and Andrew wants in. They run out of booze and ideas, save for one: Andrew should have sex with Ben, on camera. It's not gay; it's beyond gay. It's not porn; it's an art project. The next day, they find themselves unable to back down from the dare. And there's nothing standing in their way - except Ben's wife Anna, heterosexuality, and certain mechanical questions.

I thought this was going to be a gay comedy, but it is more about how our sexuality is set deep inside us that it is not a choice at all. No matter what the idiots say. These two men are wanting to make this movie, but they are not physically willing to have sex with another man. The mind id there, but the penis is not. They would have to do what straight gay porn performers do and pop a pill to get it up.

They are not doing this to become famous or to get a lot of computer traffic. They want to make art. I respect the filmmaker for that. They do not want the film to be sleazy in any way. They just want to make a film that makes people think about sexuality. In turn that is what this movie will do, when you see these two men talk about having sex with each other.

This movie seemed like a throwback to the great indie movies of the 90's. There was a great simple story that was filled with deep conversations from start to finish. The whole movie had meaning and life. I would recommend this movie to the ones with deep thoughts. You will totally get it. Enjoy.

Humpday (2009) Trailer

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