Sensitive movie with an offensive subject
Margaux Paschke | New York | 01/20/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Who would have thought that Bob Goldwait was capable of writing and directing such a tender movie? Not me before watching this movie about what is takes to sustain a real relationship.
The movie starts out with an extremely disturbing sexual incident that thankfully takes place off camera (otherwise it would be rated "X"). We then watch Amy move past this youthful mistake and end up engaged to a young man who keeps asking her to share her dirtiest little secret. Amy wants to tell him since he has bared his soul to her and she doesn't want there to be any secrets between them but she's afraid he'll be disgusted. When they visit her dysfunctional family, Amy learns from her mother the sexual secrets she's been keeping and her mother's burden over keeping them all these years. Amy decides to tell and her fiancée is horrified and disgusted by her revelation. Unfortunately, he is not the only one who has heard her confession. Amy's tweeker brother happily uses her indiscretion to disgrace her in the eyes of their prim and proper parents who have fawned over her since childhood. The car ride home is filled with tense silence. Her parents are sickened by her past, her fiancée is appalled and Amy is disgusted with herself. The fiancée eventually forgives Amy but ends up insulting her by asking her to perform the same sexual act that he was revolted by in the first place. This scene is heartbreaking.
This movie seriously addresses the issues faced in all relationships. How much do you share with your partner? Are certain secrets best left buried? These and many more questions are answered in a thoughtful manner by none other then Bobcat, go figure............ This movie is worth viewing for its moving message about love and relationships but be warned, it contains crude sexual discussions."
Goldthwait's tender side
James K. Takahashi | Napa, CA | 06/29/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"For a film from Bob "Bobcat" Goldthwait, there is a sweet, human warmth underlying the story, which may be somewhat surprising for those more familiar with "Windy City Heat" and "Shakes the Clown". Shot on a budget more suited to a student's senior project, with help from Goldthwait's and producer Marty Pasetta's friends, borrowed equipment, props and wardrobe, and often on "found" locations, and in HD video, there is a feeling to the film that the intent was to get this film made, even if it never even made to to DVD or theaters. Goldthwait mentioned, in his remarks at the screening at Sundance 2006, that he expected to be showing this to his friends at home, not as a selection for the drama category.
Melinda Page Hamilton carries the film, portraying her character, Amy, deftly and eliciting sympathy and understanding from the viewers. Jack Plotnick, playing her tweeker brother, provides the tension and the undercurrent of family dynamics required to clarify Amy's persona.
Sweet Movie that deserved a better chance
R. Singer | Haller Lake, WA | 08/28/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"From the outside people can right this off and make a lot of assumptions. Those are mostly a disservice unless you are assuming that it is a fun heartwarming film.
Yes, it is for Adults but give it a chance, it's worth it.
I saw it at a preview with Bobcat and I've been championing it ever since.
So low budget that they had to "borrow" equipment from the Man Show and costumes from Desperate housewives. The garage scene is shot in a vacant house that was up for sale.
Watch out for Bobcat's Cameo.