Young people and relationships. Not much has chnaged over the years. The end of most of them come down to being bored. That is fine, but when you decide to make a film about it and try to chalk it up as something bigger than that is where problems begin.
Two young couples are experiencing relationship problems. They both decide to go to a psychologist who tells them that what might help is partner swapping. That they might be able to put the pep back into their relationships by having anonymous sex with another.
James (Macauley Culkin – Home Alone, ) and Heather (Alexis Dziena – ) have seen a distance start wedging its way between them. Everything they are doing feels forced. Ellis (Kuno Becker – ) and Renee (Eliza Dushku – ) used to be all over each other. Passionate. Now the spark seems to be gone. They both are worrying that this could be the beginning of the end.
Dr. Wellbridge (Joanna Miles) suggests an experimental treatment which involves couple swapping for the sole purpose of sex with the goal that this would reignite their relationships. While both couples agree to it the end result is not what they hoped for.
Not sure if they were going for something edgy and deep here, but it falls short. Mostly because, like the relationships depicted, the acting is rather flat. This is not aided by the rather hokey dialogue the actors are forced to say. None of it feels realistic.
It was interesting to see Macauley Culkin in a grown up role. Those have been few and far between. He does a decent job portraying a character who seems to have a need to please along with being awkward. None of the scene stealing ability he demonstrated as a young actor can be found here, however.
Released in 2007, you can stream the film on Filmrise.