Sunday, August 2, 2009

Fling Movie Review

Fling (2008) is also known as Lie to Me abroad and explores the alternative lifestyle of an open relationship. Samantha (Courtney Ford) and Mason (Steve Sandvoss) are both successful in their work and on the outside appear to be in a loving relationship; and they are. They laugh, go out, live together, and have a strong bond unlike many couples. A few of their friends and co-workers know that they have a very open relationship, not only seeing other people for one night or many, but even talking of their experiences and asking the other for advice.

At Sam's sister's (Allison) wedding she runs into James, an ex-boyfriend, while Mason advances towards the groom's sister Olivia. James and the groom (Luke) are friends and he knows of his and Samantha's arrangement; although knows nothing of him and Olivia. Luke must also keep it a secret from his wife, Sam's sister, as she does not know and they don't want to tell her. Quite a tangled web!

As Sam and Mason spend more time with their flings their relationship is appearing strained as they don't share their emotions as much. Jealousy creeps in and they begin spending even more time with their new lovers to get their minds off their relationship because they can not stand the thought of the other with another. New discoveries could drastically alter their direction in life whether they want it to or not. Has their open relationship finally reached the breaking point? Can their friends and family be kept in the dark? Perhaps what many young people may see as an amazing and fun way to live is not all it is cracked up to be.

With a handheld camera style and a great soundtrack you become immersed in their lives. The acting is top notch allowing you to feel the emotions of the characters. The content of this movie could make it very racy but it is not; it is tastefully sensual. The pace keeps you engaged at all times; a great movie that will entertain. 
9 out of 10!

7 comments:

  1. I can't believe this movie didn't get a wider release! It kind of reminded me in some ways of a modern Sex, Lies & Videotape - from the handheld camera style which give it the documentary feel, to the way that it handled sexuality in a manner that was way less risque than you would expect.

    And the soundtrack? Soooo good. Anybody know if they have plains to release the score + the soundtrack? I'd love to get that double CD. From the first pulsing beat of Maxxfemm's "Weak Condition," to the final, spacey dream of Asobi Seksu's "Goodbye," I liked basically all the songs! Best soundtrack since Garden State, that's for sure.

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  2. I think being a film critic is awesome, I'll be sure to keep my eyes out on the movies, trailors and all that. Good job

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  3. I'm sick of movies about these wealthy arrested development douchebags like Mason. What James does for a living isn't mentioned. And the soundtrack sucks - just like the verrrrrry overrated "Garden State". Too bad you guys missed the GOOD music.

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  4. James is a real estate developer. They do mention it. Just saying.

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  5. Wats the name of tht song thts like "tell me tht you love me lady just one time, one more time slowly" I watched this at a friends and loved it and have head tht song stuck in my head and can't think of it and I want my gf to hear it

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  6. That song is Orange Marmalade by Mellowdrone

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  7. This movie was tough to watch. The characters were mostly flat and unconvincing. There was a young novelist who was the most non-writerly, non-literary writer I’ve ever seen. It felt like the makers of the movie wanted the characters to be intelligent and successful, so plugged in the necessary job titles and props without giving the relevant characteristics or depth.

    Another character ping pongs from being put off by the girl’s lifestyle to showing interest in her to being disgusted by her to falling for her all within the span of about two minutes. But that was similar to the general pacing of the whole movie. The plot moved from one type of make-out/sex scene to another with unnatural dialogue that seemed like a flashing billboard that read THIS IS THE THEME OF THE MOVIE. It felt like a essay on the possible pitfalls of an open relationship, only it repeated itself over and over again and was hoisted onto the medium of a movie.

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