Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5. Canada, 2003. Eating the Bones Productions, Hungry Eyes Film & Television, The Film Works, imX Communications. Screenplay by Sudz Sutherland. Cinematography by Arthur E. Cooper. Produced by Jennifer Holness. Music by Mischa Chillak, Kenny Neal Jr.. Production Design by Jonathan Dueck. Costume Design by Morganne Newson. Film Editing by Jeff Warren. Toronto International Film Festival 2003.
Photography doesn’t pay particularly well when you’re a burgeoning artist in Toronto, so Hill Harper has a job moonlighting as a security guard. He also has a completely enveloping obsession with porn, stacking his entire apartment with videos (how old is this movie?), particularly ones with his favourite, buxom star Lysette, whom he one day hopes to meet. She’s pushed off to the side, however, when he walks into his laundromat one night and meets the beautiful Marlyne Barrett, with whom he is immediately smitten. The two begin a romance that goes heavy when they spend the night together, at which point there begins a big problem: Harper can’t perform sexually without the company of his onscreen girlfriends. From there it’s a strange combination of wacky, dirty humour and genuinely sweet romance that, for some odd reason despite the combination of tones, works extremely well. Both Harper and Afflack are wonderful in the leads, the two of them so appealing that you’ll want to stick it out, and the soundtrack is killer from beginning to end.