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Threesome

Threesome
Starring:
Stephen Baldwin, Lara Flynn Boyle, Josh Charles, Alexis Arquette and Martha Gehman


Rated: R for nudity and sexual content.
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: April 8, 1994 Released by: Columbia TriStar

Stuart (Stephen Baldwin) and Eddy (Josh Charles) are college roommates and everything is fine between the two friends until Alex (Lara Flynn Boyle) moves in the room next door. She's assigned the dorm room because of her masculine name.

Stuart, an immature, wisecracking guy with raging hormones, has focused his attentions on Alex, but she's attracted to Eddy. When Eddy lets on that he thinks he's gay and might even be interested in Stuart, they decide that the best thing would be to keep their friendship purely platonic. But, sex is foremost on their minds, so keeping their promise to one another is pretty difficult.

The three are together constantly, excluding all others. The characters don't seem to have a personal background. We're never told about their families, where they came from or their past relationships.

Also, these kids never seem to study, talk about their majors, nor even attend classes. They're absorbed with one another, watching, touching or bathing each other, some of their hygiene high-jinx are quite funny.

Charles plays the more studious, artsy sort. Boyle is good as the changeable Alex, using her sultry looks to get almost anyone she wants. Baldwin is especially natural and likable, he's like a big, unfocused kid who gets along in life on his toothy grin and funny personality.

At a time when casual sex is so dangerous, the flippant, easy attitude towards it here is disturbing. When these characters aren't having sex, they're thinking or talking about it in the most explicit, crude way.

These young people are shallow, selfish and living for the moment, and that's what's wrong with writer-director Andrew Fleming's film. The semester is over, the three move on, and it never deals with consequences.

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