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1.0 out of 5 stars Can someone please put this movie out of its misery?, January 13, 2004
This review is from: Whipped (DVD)
Synopsis
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.
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