Martin Gero’s Young People F*cking is a film about, you guessed it, young people engaged in sexual intercourse, the situations that surrounded the act and the lives of its participants. The situations are The Friends, The Couple, The First Date, The Roommates and The Exes. The sexual acts involved are Prelude, Foreplay, Sex, Interlude, Orgasm and Afterglow. The ballsy title alones draws ones attention to this romantic/comedy; the quality of the script keeps the viewers attention throughout Young People Fucking’s runtime. One of the things this film has going for it is that it is not afraid to be provocative or daring when it comes to sexual material, mixing comedy, sensuality, relationship issues and genuine feelings in a cauldron that is bound to touch the viewers’ funny bone or heart strings. For the majority, it will probably touch both.
What makes this romantic/comedy standout, besides the copious nudity and semi-nudity, is the reality of the situations and their true-to-lifeness. No situation in Young People Fucking is truer for than The Exes. What begins as a casual night out to dinner with sex as desert amongst two old flames, Mia (Sonja Bennett) and Eric (Josh Cooke), quickly turns into something else, something unexpected. That something is that they still care for one each other deeply and throughout their encounter, remnants of those feelings are dragged kicking and screaming to the surface. That brings up another point of importance and relevance in Young People Fucking. Great acting. The actors are serious when they need to be, funny and sincere. The Friends is also a segment that bleeds authenticity. It’s obvious from the title of the film that something sexual will happen between them and this segment provides Young People Fucking with some of its funniest moments. Matt (Aaron Abrams) and Kristen (Carly Pope), the stars of this segement, have been life long friends and when sex is thrown into the mix, hilarity ensues.
The two segments that were the biggest surprise in what they evolved into were The Couple and the Roommates. There is a part within The Couple where most males will think to themselves: “What the Fuck! Are you serious? Get the fuck outta here.” Within the constraints of this film, this happenstance isn’t out of place and it has the benefit of being a surprise to the viewer. Whether it’s an “endurable” surprise or not depends upon the sexual orientation and open-mindedness of the viewer. I will say this: Andrew (Josh Dean) REALLY loves his wife, Abby (Kristin Booth). The Roommates was more of a fantasy type scene in that what occurs during it is the stuff of some men’s fantasies. One roommate, Gord (Ennis Esmer), asks the other, Dave (Peter Oldring), to have sex with his girlfriend Inez (Natalie Lisinska). I’m not ruining or spoiling anything for you. The question is asked right at the beginning of the film. And let’s not forget what The First Date contributes to Young People Fucking: A player, game and naivety. The player that brings the game is Ken (Callum Blue) and the naivety belongs to Jamie Fox (Diora Bard). What’s great about this scene, as I mentioned earlier, is that the unexpected happens, stunting the personally growth of one character while the other’s sexual needs go unfulfilled. The old adage is very true of this segment: Never judge a book by its cover.
Martin Gero’s Young People Fucking is a very funny film that pulls no punches when it comes to dialog quality, laughs or onscreen nudity. Young People Fucking is never boring and is better than many of the other films that have touched on the same subject material.