Young People Fucking has been getting a lot of attention in the press for its controversial title and subject material. A great deal of opposition comes from conservative Christian groups and “family values” organizations. I decided to investigate and give you my unvarnished opinion.
The film features five vignettes of young couples going through a sexual experience. The first vignette follows “The Friends.” Two long-time friends decide to take a crack at making their relationship sexual.
The second vignette follows “The Couple.” A married couple tries to spice up their dull sex life.
The third vignette follows “The Exes.” A former couple decides to get together for a purely sexual encounter.
The fourth vignette follows “The First Date.” A young woman wants to have sex with a co-worker who has a reputation for being a “player.” He’s already slept with every other woman at work.
And the fifth and final vignette follows “The Roommates.” A man asks his male roommate to join in a sexual encounter with his girlfriend. He just wants to watch his girlfriend do it.
The film is organized into six chapters of the sexual experience:
I found the script a bit contrived; it was rather forced and unnatural. (Compare this script with, for example, the one in Knocked Up, a terrific film that I highly recommend. The Knocked Up script was natural and beautifully written.) Nevertheless, the film was still entertaining. It’s a comedy, and I found a good deal of humour throughout.
The script managed to explore a number of interesting issues related to lovemaking and intimate relationships. These are issues that would otherwise be very difficult to explore in more conventional films. And this brings me to the point of this post…
The conservative Christian groups and family organizations have it dead wrong. There is nothing offensive about Young People Fucking. The title may contain a commonly used word that these organizations disapprove of, but c’mon, people! It’s only a word! A word only has as much power as you wish to give it. And since the word “fuck” is common vernacular in our society and is never going to be expunged (despite the most determined efforts of conservative groups), let’s just settle down and not make a big deal out of. Alright? Fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck.
As for the subject material, I think it’s by time that such issues were confronted in mainstream cinema. Why should we confine the rational discourse of lovemaking and raw sexuality to the backrooms and underground collectives of our society? What is so shameful about openly discussing sexual matters?
If these issues aren’t dealt with in mainstream media, then we remain profoundly ignorant about sex. We continue to be in the dark when it comes to intimacy and lovemaking, forever stumbling over the same obstacles. The conservative groups would like nothing better because they are so erotophobic and uptight about sex.
I enjoyed Young People Fucking. It was entertaining and enlightening. It was informative and affirming. It’s a very relevant film in an age when sexuality is finally emerging from its shroud of guilt and shame and religious modesty. Sex deserves the freedom and openness that every other aspect of our lives enjoy.
(This opinion belongs solely to the author and does not necessarily reflect the views of The Good Sex Network.)