Sex and Breakfast (2007)
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Four people get a crash course in the difference between love and desire in this independent drama. Ellis (Kuno Becker) and Renee (Eliza Dushku) are a young couple who've grown tired of one another, and though they're still in love, they aren't sure how to reignite the spark in their relationship. Elsewhere, James (Macaulay Culkin) and Heather (Alexis Dziena) are another young couple who are having trouble in the bedroom; he's not as attracted to her as he once was, and she's determined to do something about it. Heather arranges for her and James to attend a lecture by relationship therapist Dr. Wellbridge (Joanna Miles), where they meet Ellis and Renee. In a private meeting with Dr. Wellbridge, the two couples are encouraged to swap partners as a way of breaking up the monotony and confronting their problems, but after a few days together the four know more about one another and their troubles than they ever expected to learn. Sex and Breakfast was the first feature film from writer and director Miles Brandman. … More
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Critic Reviews for Sex and Breakfast
Suffering from what could be called Garden State syndrome, Sex and Breakfast demands that we empathize with the anguish of straight, white, financially privileged young people and their significantly hot significant others.
Despite an attractive cast and a few nice moments, Sex and Breakfast is just not that exciting.
Turgid and pointless.
The only thing shameful about Sex and Breakfast is its unwillingness to get really shameful.
And lest you're curious about the title: There is actually more time given to breakfast in the film than to sex.
The four restless young bedfellows talk lots and communicate little in trite and stagy digressions; even when they strip off their shirts, they're still emotionally clothed.
Don't be duped by the steamy-sounding premise, for this dud manages to turn the prospect of swinging into a dull and decidedly antiseptic affair.
Along with his insights into love and tedium, writer-director Miles Brandman makes sure that a lot of mopey mumbling and guitar-strumming fills the soundtrack.
Audience Reviews for Sex and Breakfast
For a low budget film, this was really good.I didn't expect to like it half as much as I did and I certainly didn't expect to feel moved by it. This is about two couples who are both having issues in their relationships and decide to try partner swapping to help things along. Obviously it doesn't go as smoothly as planned. It was a little confronting to see Macaulay Culkin in such an adult role, but he is a good actor and he plays vulnerable well. Still looks young as hell, but I guess he can't help that. LOL. Eliza Dushku is also very good.More
This is the first thing I've seen Eliza in since The Last Supper, in which she made a brief appearance, and while Sex & Breakfast wasn't exactly worth the wait, it's good to see her back on screen. Basically, the film centres on two couples who decide to experiment with group sex in order to revitalise their relationships. The Culkin-Dziena couple were terrible (both gave hideous performances), and Dushku's significant other, Kuno Becker, was annoying as hell. While I'm trying not to let my adoration of her cloud my judgement, Eliza was undoubtably the most interesting and likeable of the four. In the end, there was more breakfast than sex - I wasn't able to predict how the film would end, but I was disappointed that so much time was dedicated to the anticipation of the group sex event, and that hardly any was given to the aftermath.More
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