on October 9, 2001
A hilarious and insightful perspective of the dating world is portrayed in this off beat comedy by first time writer/director Peter M. Cohen. The story unfolds as the four male protagonists meet weekly at the local diner to confer about their dating woes. We meet Brad: a good-looking, wall-street playboy with a quick-wit and sharp tongue; Zeek: a cynical, sensitive writer; Jonathan: a sexually perplexed nice guy with an affinity for hand creams; and Eric: the married guy, who cherishes his weekly encounters with his single friends in hope for some enlightenment to his boring and banal married existence. The trials and tribulations of the men’s single lives in New York are amusingly expressed, mirroring that of "Sex in the City" and HBO’s new comedy "The Mind of Married Man, and bring an astute light to scamming.
The story takes a twist as the three singletons meet Mia--wittily played by Amanda Peet—and all fall for her. She seduces them each with her uncanny ability to conform to the personalities’ they exhibit. When they come to realize they have all met and fallen in love with the same woman, they chose her over their friendship.
"Whipped" is a realistic portrayal of the dating world, one that the critic’s failed to recognize. In plain language, they missed the point. The protagonist’s here are caricatures of real people. The exaggerations are hysterical, mixing satire and humility, and are not to be taken as seriously as the critic’s disparagement suggests. See this movie, you’ll laugh from start to finish.
on February 10, 2001
If you saw "The Whole Nine Yards" and became an Amanda Peet fan, take heed. "Whipped" is nothing like "The Whole Nine Yards" and neither is Peet's character, Mia. If you're looking for Amanda to repeat the same type of character in this film, you'll be disappointed.
"Whipped" has similarities "In The Company of Men", but is a much lighter and funnier film. The story centers around three men in their twenties who look at sex like a sporting event. Every Sunday they gather at a diner and compare tales of their latest conquests. Everything is going well for the guys until Mia (played by Peet) comes into the picture.
While the script isn't 100% hilarious, it does have some great moments. There are some good lines and a smattering of funny scenes, albeit cynical humor. Rather than write about them, see the movie and judge for yourself.
"Whipped" is not a great film, but it does have some good laughs. If you liked comedies like "Love Stinks" and "After Hours", you'll most likely enjoy "Whipped".
on June 18, 2003
Every Sunday, a trio of buds get together at a NYC diner to boast about their sexual conquests of the night before. Sometimes they're joined by a newlywed ex-comrade and hoochie hunter who hangs on them like a puling barnacle. They're unabashed horn dogs and corn dogs and Mia, who witnesses them on the prowl, decides that they need to be taught a lesson, dammit. So she'll date and dump - why not? All of them!
Gasp. What a wild idea. What a radical, naughty gal. Women now have the right to date and sleep around as much as they want to. As much as men do, even! Honey, we got the message. We read "Maxim" and "Cosmo" too, okay?
There is one solitary laughable element in "Whipped". Namely the fact that not once, during the amigo's detailed discussions of their bodily functions and the oral talents of the bed partners they trash, do the other customers in the diner turn around and say, "Dude, we're trying to EAT here."
To see quality gross-out humor, try a classic like "Blazing Saddles".
To see love-rat buddies hanging out, slagging and bragging on their women as they eat and imbibe, rent "Swingers". Priceless bits: "How long will you guys wait to call your babies?" "6 days." Plus the luminous Heather Graham.
To see the lovely Amanda Peet at her snarky, man-eating best, try "Saving Silverman", a.k.a. "Evil Woman". That flick also has the sweet Amanda Detmer ("Final Destination"). Plus the excellent Steve Zahn.
But this - merciful God, this. It's truly unfortunate that a buddy movie with a great setting, a smart, cute heroine and three possible pairings had to have such a cop-out ending.
The leads are very attractive and approach the material with relish - let's hope more worthy projects are in their future.
P.S. - 30 "whip-oosh" sound effects to the screenwriter for use of the phrase "You go, girl". It was tired in 2000, and it's tired now.
The term "Whipped" doesn't refer to sadomasochism or military discipline. Put the familiar term that starts with "p" and refers to a kitty-cat before "Whipped" and you'll understand what this sexual comedy is all about.
The plot involves four male New Yorkers who attended college together and have remained tight over the intervening five or so years. They get together once a week or so for brunch at a diner and regale each other with (highly dubious, the film suggests) tales of their sexual conquests. One of the four is married and doesn't worry about outlet as much as going crazy living under the same roof with another human being.
Of the three bachelors, one is a tall, blond Wall Street yuppie who truly thinks he is God's gift to women. He and his co-workers love to get soused each Friday evening and start hitting on the girls in a bar. The middle character is a very "downtown," stylish, would-be writer who does most of his cruising passively while writing in his journal in a coffee house. He thinks that being an artiste entitles him to have no sexual ethics at all. The third fellow's sexual escapades are entirely fiction and inspired by the two dozen or so creams and lotions that sit on the shelf of his shower stall. The other guys are on to this onanist and his stories of imaginary women like "Nivea," but tolerate him anyway.
A confident, smart and funny woman (Amanda Peet) happens to run into the first character in the yuppie bar. Pretty soon they're an item. The second character notices her eyeing him up in the coffee house and pretty soon, they're going together. (Going steady, he thinks.) Our Heroine bumps into the third guy next to a magazine stand where he has just purchased a bundle of soft-core pornography. After a lot of shyness on his part, they eventually hook up too.
It doesn't take too much time for the fellows to realize that their buddies have meet this woman through unbelievable coincidence (which is explained at the movie's end). None of them want to relinquish this "catch" and they all insist on staying with her, which makes the male relationship deteriorate from bonding to distrust to outright hostility. The Peet character plays the boys with the expert assurance of a prize-winning angler reeling in a marlin.
I hope guys have a sense of humor about this movie; I think many young women will love it. The men are portrayed as shallow, chauvinistic swine who aren't quite as good-looking and studly as they think they are. Their sexual starvation is so pathetic that, perversely, it becomes one of their few saving graces. When a guy is thinking with something other than his brain, he will go to pitiful lengths to keep a sexual liaison intact.
Amanda Peet is just wonderful in this contradictory role that requires her to be sunny, sweet, smart, fast, and totally unscrupulous in the way she handles and manipulates these men. A surprise ending explains why things have happened the way they are. Truly, what's sauce for the gander is sauce for the goose.
Truly, I am not a prude and I don't mind a profane movie. But other than the coy title, this film has an incredible amount of raunchy (and repetitive) dialog. When the guys get together, their talk is so filthy that I often wondered why they didn't get ejected from their favorite diner. The obscene remarks are not rendered with the psychological precision of a David Mamet; they seem to be there simply to telegraph anger. "A-hole" and "[blank] you" get tossed around so frequently you wonder if these guys really attended college together, their vocabulary is so limited.
If you can handle this fairly graphic farce, it really is quite enjoyable and even insightful about people who have just enlisted in the Battle of the Sexes. The surprise ending is wonderful. Amanda Peet is terrific, and the cinematic unknowns who play the guys are top-notch too. Definitely not a film for Aunt Agatha, but it satirizes sexual mores and attitudes of twentysomething urban males ruthlessly and effectively. A good, solid, delightfully dirty movie that will appeal to lots of folks.
on June 20, 2001
This movie about 3 guys trying to bag chicks will be all to familiar to dudes still on the prowl. The 3 guys (Pretty-boy Brad, Macho-man Zeke and Sensitive-guy Johnathan) all fall for the same broad and when push comes to shove they refuse to back down. The scenes of the guys sharing breakfast discussing their dating experiences and strategies really hit to home for me...right down to the jokes about self-abuse (you know, the hairy palms and going blind)and asking "who will jump on the grenade?" which is when 3 girls are in a group and one is ugly/fat and 3 guys are checking them out, zeroing in for the kill, one guy is going to have to "jump on the grenade", sacrifice himself so the other two can bag the hot chicks...I have been there man, thank godness someone put that fine tradition on film! The married guy Eric who shares their wonderful conversations is delightfully sleazy, every guy has known someone like him. There are great jokes in this movie and even some toilet humor that will have you rolling. This movie reminds me of a Farely's Bros production, it's really alot like Something About Mary, if you liked that film you should like this film. Check this film out, you'll laugh off the round parts of your manly anatomy, and for goodness sake...DON'T MARRY THE GRENADE!!
on March 7, 2001
At first, I was very skeptical about buying this DVD. Mostly due to the bad critical reviews. The film however, pleasantly surprised me.
I watched the "Whipped" DVD this past Thursday with a few friends, male and female, and couldn't believe how funny and dead-on the comedy was. When we watched it a second time, with the audio commentary, we learned an amazing truth about the movie. It was made as an independent film for under $150,000 and shot in 1998 before Amanda Peet's "Whole Nine Yards" and "Jack & Jill." Also, none of the other actors had ever been in a film before - they were all first timers and friends of the director's. Why was the film's near-record budget and independent status never advertised or discussed in any of the reviews? I remember seeing posters for the film when it came out and thinking it was a big studio comedy in the vain of "American Pie." It's totally not! It's a small black-comedy/dating-farce... and a very funny one at that.
The studio completely mis-marketed this movie. Maybe if it had been marketed more as the independent, slice-of-life film that it is, critics would've been more accepting of it and it's message: that some women are more like men then we'd like to believe. The movie focuses on four scammers in New York City and what happens when a woman (Amanda Peet) gets in between their friendship. I highly doubt that the filmmakers were trying to make an overall statement about society with this movie (as some critics tried to spin it) and I'm sure they never planned on a wide release.
After the second viewing, we came up with two reasons for why some critics and viewers possibly didn't like "Whipped": 1) The mis-marketing positioned it as something that it's not, which always pisses off everybody -- especially critics. And the more obvious reason: 2) Because they totally couldn't relate to it. Most critics are 40+, single, slovenly, and probably couldn't get a date if their life depended on it. Of course they're going to hate it.
If you can't relate to the reality of dating as portrayed in a film like "Whipped," or you have a hard time believing that there are people out there (men and women) exactly like the characters in this movie, than go outside for change and see for yourself. Open your eyes and stop criticizing what you don't know and/or can't relate to.
"Whipped" is insightful, real, funny, and incredibly entertaining.
on July 22, 2001
Gee, a critic despises a movie about sexual hijinks of some screwed-up, lonely, selfish, confused, over-compensating-for-feelings-of-inadequacy, and let's face it, totally average guys? Wow, how noble. He must be a great person, sweet, insightful and so above the characters in this movie. And that's what he wants you to believe, especially if he has to sign his name. It's not about the movie, it's about the critic!
Sorry, but Whipped is the awful dark truth, if you can take it. Play with fire and you get burned, and a woman can be a lot more dangerous than fire. I laughed my head off. Guys do talk about girls and sex exactly that way. Women respond in kind. Especially in brazen NYC. You know it and I know it. Sex and the City is just as brazen, except with a bunch of screwed-up, narcissistic women and whoa, it's an artistic triumph. A bunch of guys do it here and this movie belongs in the toilet. What hypocrisy.
The kicker in this movie is the voiceover at the end when Zeke hopes that Mia is ok. He's actually worried about her. Little does he know, of course, that she's at dinner with her friends mocking the guys, brutally, at that very moment.
The great thing about this show is that the director shows compassion towards his characters. I liked them actually. They grow on you. One of the main points here is that beneath the bravado, the guys are very vulnerable, and sort of sweet in a way. They're young enough to be fairly innocent about how genuinely nasty women can be. Brad pines for romance and intimacy in a park. And the raunchy talk is just that, talk. Can't anybody look a little deeper? We also see how a woman's sexual power far outweighs a man's. And the irony here is that sweet, beautiful Mia is really the monster here, splitting up friendships and toying with hearts in a calculating, incredibly deceptive manner, all in the name of revenge for some misbegotten idea of sisterhood and to impress her friends. And a perceptive viewer should notice that even she has a convoluted sense of purpose--in her explanation at the end, she toyed with these guys for what reason, exactly?
Forget Tomb Raider or A.I. or Moulin Rouge or any of that overblown crap. These cheapo movies are where it's at, and describe the zeitgeist far better than most Hollywood flicks. I also recommend the movie Siberia to see the flip side.
Brad, Zeke and Jonathan along with their adulterous married friend Eric sleep around brazenly until they meet the cute and sexy Mia (Amanda Pete). As each of the men seeks her affections (her carnal ones), they suddenly become aware that she has been dating all of them at once. It becomes a battle to decide which guy will get her in the end, and a question of whether their friendships can survive the inevitable climactic decision she makes.
About the Movie:
It amazes me sometimes at what studios and directors think makes for great entertainment. Writer/Director Peter Cohen proves the stereotype of men that he's trying to play on in this movie just by the mere fact that he made it. He seems to try to say that women can be a lot like men in their philandering and mind games, but he clearly misses the irony of the whole situation. It says a whole lot about his OWN character in that he made a movie that only hornball men would ever want to watch.
Whipped represents what has become standard with many Gen-X comedies these days, unoriginal sexual romps filled with disgusting toilet humor, gross sexual gags (Gagging being the operative word here), constant swearing and attractive women without their clothes on (but without the nudity...). While, I can find that last thing appealing, it's the rest that completely turned me off of this movie.
This movie deliberately tries to be disgusting and shameless, and it succeeds easily, while at the same time, undoubtedly turning off a good portion of its audience. Not that it would matter to the director, whose characters brazenly talk about gross sexual acts in public places without turning a single head. He also seems to think (based on the synopsis on the back cover) that his disgusting male characters are "typical males." Obviously, he considers people like me as "abnormal" and "big prudes" in that I DON'T do and talk about those things.
But honestly, what makes any of this stuff funny? Why would a man sticking his arm into a toilet filled with urine to retrieve something he dropped into it be considered funny? Why would I think characters discussing their gross bodily function sex experiences were funny? Why would a man cheating on his spouse be funny?
It's not funny and it really is in incredibly poor taste. But matters like "Taste" obviously don't matter these days, in a time where the lowest common denominator has become the goal to strive for. Indeed, this movie is eagerly following the gross-out trend set by movies like American Pie.
But honestly, in terms of pure sexual comedy, there are quite a few films that manage to be funnier without the gross-out factor and the complete and total disregard for taste.
And taste is only half of it. In real life, men like these very quickly end up with sexually transmitted diseases (like AIDS, which is killing tens of millions all over the world, as you read this). And like many movies, the director seems to think that all that irresponsible and dangerous sexual activity is all right, just so long as you mention the word "condom" at least once.
As for the movie itself? This is a forgettable one. Many of the comic gags pulled in this film are worn out overused clichés that have been used a thousand times before. The screenplay itself is not that well written, and while some of the actors do a moderately decent job (Amanda Peet being one), many of the performances come off as weak and over the top. The incessant swearing of the actors (that the director mistakenly seems to equate with "realism") doesn't help any.
Then there's the story itself, of a women putting it over on philandering men... It's been done many times before, often in far better films than this one.
Honestly? This movie isn't worth the time of most viewers. Of course, if the viewer happens to like gross bathroom and sex humor, then this movie may just be for them after all.
About the DVD:
Whipped comes in a plastic hard case on a double sided DVD with both fullscreen and widescreen versions in Dolby Digital 5.1 sound. It has not been translated into any other languages besides its original English, though it does contain English, French and Spanish subtitles. Both the video and audio transfer appear to be very good. Even on a high resolution screen, the video had only a little grain and few artifacts.
As far as special features, this DVD contains the theatrical trailers and a director's commentary. I honestly didn't have the desire to watch the movie again, so I can't say whether or not the commentary is worth the time to listen to.
Bottom Line: A gross, unexciting and unoriginal movie on basic no frills DVD release. If you think bathroom humor is disgusting, this is one to avoid. 1 Star.
on November 27, 2013
Shame on the producers for such a junk movie, junk story, promoting decadence, irresponsible behavior, and just everything that is disgusting. Aside from that the movie was a total waste of time and junk - not even fun - not even funny - not even sexy - not even nothing not nothing nadda -- junk!
"Whipped" opens with three guys having their weekly Sunday brunch at a New York diner. We have Brad (Brian Van Holt), the lady-killer with the high-paying job on Wall Street, Zeke (Zorie Barber), the intellectual type who spends his days writing in coffee houses, and the overly sensitive Jonathan (Jonathan Abrahams), who apparently does not do anything other than wish he was at good as "scamming" as his two buddies. While Brad uses the "you look like my sister's friend" scam to score and Zeke brings home two babes who proceed to steal his television set, Jonathan's sexual experiences involve "Keri," named for his hand lotion de jour. At their next meeting all three have stories about a woman they met during the week who might actually prove there is something better than scamming. But as each relates their story, we realize it is all the same woman, which is exactly what all three guys discover when they all arrive at the apartment of Mia (Amanda Peete). Despite some initial awkwardness, none of them are willing to back off from the new relationship. Of course, each is convinced he is Mia's true love and the lady does nothing to dissuade any of them, to the consternation of their married friend Eric (Judah Domke), who lives vicariously for their erotic experiences.
Writer-Producer-Director Peter M. Cohen writes snappy dialogue replete with expletives and he is concerned not only with the relationships these guys have with the mysterious Mia but with each other as well. The obvious influences on Cohen's style as writer-director would be Quentin Tarantino, Woody Allen and the Farley Brothers. There are comic vignettes, including a few crude ones that do not fit the overall tone of the film and caused ratings concerns. For all their interest in scamming, it simply never dawns on these guys that they would ever meet a woman they would not want to sleep with on the first date or that any woman could ever come between them as friends. Their protestations of special feelings for Mia would suggest that these guys are not as shallow as they seem, but in the end there is nothing to really suggest they are not either emotionally immature or sterile.
The performances of male actors are adequate, given that they are playing characters rather than real people, but it is Amanda Peet' who holds the story together. If we do not believe that these guys find her desirable, the whole thing gets flushed down the toilet (you'll understand that one after you watch the film). It would have been nice if Whipped had been her breakout film, but better luck next time. In terms of extra features all this DVD offers are trailers and a commentary track Cohen, who impressed me by addressing a lot of the questions that came to my mind as I watched the film (e.g., how come there's no nudity for a film that is so much about sex?). An above average commentary track to be sure. Ultimately, the main problem with "Whipped" is that when we get to the rather predictable twist at the end of the film it is hard to tell if this is just the final punch line or a more cynical statement on contemporary relationships between the sexes.