Movie: Casual Sex
Ahhh, the 80's. There's always something fun about visiting a movie made in the "me decade," though this "comedy" hits more than a few sour notes. Sure it has the big hair, the bright colors, the chintzy pop music and a few arbitrary flashes of skin, but balancing comedy and the AIDS epidemic never seems like an entirely good idea. This is too bad, especially since Casual Sex stars 80's iconLea Thompson, best known as Marty McFly's hot mom of the past in Back to the Future. Her cute, pre-anorexic Caroline in the City days were shamefully numbered, and this movies didn't do that much to bolster her in the public eye.
In Casual Sex Thompson is paired with Saturday Night Live alum Victoria Jackson as a couple of girlfriends with one common problem: sex. In Thompson case, she's afraid her promiscuous ways must come to an end thanks to AIDS, and thus she's on the lookout for Mr. Right to tend to her carnal needs. For Jackson, it's less a case of "must have it" as "must have it right." Having only slept with two guys, one of whom is her rather inattentive fiancée, she's never had an orgasm. The answer, of course, is go to a spa populated with young men and score some new babes to cater to their needs.
As a matter of course, the meet some guys, fall for them, learn they're either right or wrong and it's all a few shades of cute, but more dull than anything else. Thompson makes for a cute and spunky heroine, and she produces a few laughs during some clever dream sequences. Jackson is probably less annoying than you remember her being on SNL, and cuter too, but neither character is very deep and Jackson definitely gets the shorter end of the stick. Along as a supporting character is 80's phenomenon and flash-in-the-pan Andrew "Dice" Clay who does his usual shtick to middling results.
Casual Sex had its origins as a stage play and this much is evident by the rather static movement of the characters through scenes and the breakdown of the fourth wall which allows characters to aside to the camera. Yet its biggest fault seems to be the casual way it treats the AIDS scare. Not a mild epidemic by any stretch of the imagination, many of the jokes and references made to the virus comes off, even now, as ill-informed and in poor taste.
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Studio: Universal Studios
- DVD Release Date: July 1, 2003
- Run Time: 97 minutes
- USA Box Office: $12 Million