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Threesome

When Alex (Boyle) turns up at college, she's dismayed to find herself in adjoining rooms with two males: studious, uptight Eddy (Charles) and obnoxious, neanderthal Stuart (Baldwin). Stuart puts the moves on her, but it's intellectual Eddy she hankers after. Eddy, unfortunately, is more interested in Stuart. They become inseparable. Fleming's risqué comedy has a rather supercilious, hipper-than-thou attitude which makes it difficult to warm to, while sequences in which the threesome freeze out interlopers leave a somewhat sour aftertaste. And then, of course, in opening up this particular can of worms, the film courts suspicion from all sides of the sexual divide. (For my money, though, it doesn't have the courage to see through its bisexual convictions. The film is, however, notably more relaxed about the shifting sands of sexual identity than most, and at the very least it does dare to eroticise a male friendship.) Simply as a comedy, it's witty and assured enough to mark Fleming out as someone to watch.

Release details

Duration: 93 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Andrew Fleming
Screenwriter: Andrew Fleming
Cast: Lara Flynn Boyle
Stephen Baldwin
Josh Charles
Alexis Arquette
Martha Gehman
Mark Arnold
Michele Matheson

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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yduric

Although this film is definitely far from being perfect, it has at least one merit: it is one of the first mainstream US films showing that you can end up being gay and happy: this is made clear at the end of the film, when Eddy says something like (I do not remember the exact words) : 'Alex always thought of my boyfriend as the second girl'. In this perspective, it could be argued that this film is one of the films, which, alongside some others, contributed to change the once very fornatted and one-sided (often negative) view of this issue in cinema.

yduric

Although this film is definitely far from being perfect, it has at least one merit: it is one of the first mainstream US films showing that you can end up being gay and happy: this is made clear at the end of the film, when Eddy says something like (I do not remember the exact words) : 'Alex always thought of my boyfriend as the second girl'. In this perspective, it could be argued that this film is one of the films, which, alongside some others, contributed to change the once very fornatted and one-sided (often negative) view of this issue in cinema.