94 minutes| U.S.A.| 2009| Colour| Digital

This film was released 18th December 2010, and is no longer screening.

Lynn Shelton’s serious indie comedy turns the buddy movie inside out, presenting a squirmingly accurate picture of what passes for straight male sexuality. Ben (Mark Duplass) has settled for middle-class contentment and is planning parenthood with spouse Anna (Alycia Delmore) when up pops his old college chum Andrew (Joshua Leonard) — who’s been travelling for years, seemingly posing as an artist. Suddenly, it’s as if they’re back in their student days, and at a bohemian party they decide to enter a hip Seattle home-made porn event called ‘Humpfest’ by showing these two straight pals having sex. ‘It’s beyond gay, it’s art!’ they claim, yet will they actually go through with it?

The concept may sound like a jest, but Shelton actually throws up a whole host of issues, exposing hetero timidity behind polymorphous posturing, uncovering mutual pangs of jealousy between the home-maker and wayfarer, and putting issues of trust and intimacy to the fore. Like the film as a whole, the improv-style performances are absolutely revealing, hilarious and subtly poignant.

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