Thursday, June 28, 2007
Shortbus: NOT FOR EVERYONE
*******WORTH-IT***** DISCLAIMER (Mitchell): I must first repeat that this movie is NOT for everyone. I'm not trying to condescend with that statement, but it is true. This story is evocative and depicts the saddest states of the world. It does not discriminate and it does not sugar-coat, but it reveals deep, dark secrets, and even darker struggles. It fingers love, sex, marriage, and happiness, BUT this emotional story will never accomplish this for everyone. There is much graphic physicality in this film, as the story centers around one woman's inability to achieve the Big O, and honestly, it is so extensively graphic, I believe many would not be able to get past it. If you are able to set that aside and separate the content from it's deeper intensities, you'll see the movie for the humorous, saddening, and honest story that it is. It is told beautifully in its honest nature, the acting is genuine and convincing, and the story is uncomfortably moving. The writer intended shock, so expect worse than the worse, but once braced for it and detached from the sexuality, you'll enjoy the movie as much as I did. You'll sympathize for the characters, see them simply as disheartened people and might even realize they are characters you recognize.