SEX AND BREAKFAST, 2007
Starring: Macaulay Culkin, Kuno Becker, Eliza Dushku, Alexis Dziena, Joanna Miles, Eric Lively, Jaime Ray Newman
James and Heather, and Ellis and Renee are two couples who's relationships have not been working as well as they'd like recently. In attempts to solve their problems, each couple has decided to try out group sex therapy. The encounter with each other makes them rethink what makes a relationship work: love, sex, and communication.
When a movie is about group sex, has the title “Sex and Breakfast” and is rated R, you'd expect to see a serious amount of nudity (and with who the two lead actresses are, you kindof hope for it). Oddly enough, the closest this movie comes to nudity is having Alexis Dzienna in a bra (which is strange because the girl has done nudity in film before).
Meet James and Heather. Their relationship is kind of rocky. They love each other, but Heather has never had an orgasm with James (which she's had with previous sex partners) and it's bothering her so much that it's causing friction between them. In the past, they tried having an open relationship to see if she was still capable of orgasm, but the openness ended after only a week when James had sex with someone else and Heather didn't. Heather's new idea to make it work is to go see couples therapist Dr. Wellbridge (played by Joanna Miles) who specializes in group sex therapy.
Meet Ellis and Renee. Their relationship is kind of rocky. They love each other, but their sex life recently has become boring. No longer do they have sex in the shower, in bed, on the floor, on tables, in chairs, etc. They are each more likely to simply masturbate rather than engage one another. And when Renee admits that she's always had a fantasy of sleeping with a woman “just to see what it's like,” Ellis becomes disgusted and upset. Their idea on how to make things more exciting first entails adventures like skinny dipping with sharks and bungee jumping. They decide instead to see couples therapist Dr. Wellbridge, who specializes in group sex therapy.
In each couple's session with Dr. Wellbridge, underlying issues are brought up such as James feeling like he's being manipulated by Heather, and Renee having power issues with Ellis. Dr. Wellbridge makes the appointment for group sex to occur that coming weekend.
During the week between their encounter with Dr. Wellbridge and the group sex, Heather's ex boyfriend (now military man) is set to spend the night at Heather's house before going to the bus station the next morning. James is furious and jealous and starts problems with the ex which in turn causes heavy friction between James and Heather. Later, after having had time to reflect, James breaks into Heather's apartment to appologize.
During the week between their encounter with Dr. Wellbridge and the group sex, Renee starts talking to an actress/waitress and gets her number. Ellis is jealous by this, but becomes enraged when Renee calls the waitress up in the middle of the night to go out. He insists on tagging along and goes with Renee to the waitress' apartment. The waitress has rolled a joint and they pass it around. While getting high, Renee and the waitress become very flirtatious with one another, and Ellis loses it! He tells the waitress off and demands that they can the two women can have sex if they want but Renee is his girlfriend and future wife! The waitress kicks them out.
The impending act of group sex occurs and the two couples obviously feel odd about it. Afterward, they each have to deal with what the session meant to them and what effects it will have on their respective relationships.
“Sex and Breakfast” surprised me. I'm a fan of Eliza Dushku's hotness, but not her acting abilities (or lack thereof... although I did like her as Faith in the series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”). I've never seen Macaulay Culkin in anything as an adult, and as my review of “The Good Son” shows, I'm not fond of his childhood days. The premise for the movie seems VERY “indie” and low-budget, which when it comes to dramatic comedies like this is usually a bad thing.
All that being said, I actually enjoyed “Sex and Breakfast”.
The acting was kind of what I expected... Eliza Dushku was alright. Macaulay Culkin was better than I thought he'd be but still over-the-top in a “Dawson's Creek” sort of way (which isn't always a bad thing since I'm actually a big fan of “Dawson's Creek”, but it was just kind of odd to see how much like Macaulay Culkin has turned into a James VanDerBeek clone in both acting style and appearance!). Alexis Dziena was, like Dushku, decent in this movie but her attractiveness far outshines her acting talent. And Kuno Becker (who I've never heard of before because he's mostly in Spanish made movies) was pretty good... probably the best actor in this entire cast.
The story, while definitely “indie” was much better than I thought it would be. It engaged me and had me interested for the full 81 minutes (although the back-and-forth between the two couples and the pacing of the cuts made it feel about 20 minutes longer than its actual run-time).
“Sex and Breakfast” is currently streaming on Netflix, and I strongly suggest checking it out. It's one of those movies you've never heard of before, but is definitely worth your time.
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