stars Amanda Peet, Brian Van Holt, Judah Domke, Zorie Barber, Jonathan Abrahams, Callie Thorne and Beth Ostrosky.
directed by Peter M. Cohen.
And I Want To See The Blue 'R' Rating Screen!
Whipped stars four actors--Brian Van Holt, Judah Domke, Zorie Barber, and Jonathan Abrahams--as four incredibly selfish, incredibly sexist, and incredibly shallow human beings. I hated them the moment the started talking and inserted dick joke after dick joke. And not a single one of them is funny. This is a good example for all those people who complain that crude humor is too easy. Because it's not. This film clearly shows that crude humor has to be treated carefully in order to have any sense of coherence or decent funny reaction from the audience. Four guys sitting in a diner for twenty minutes talking about how awesome they are at having sex with women does not constitute good humor in my book.
And besides that, the film does nothing to redeem itself. The characters are so completely unlikeable in every scene that they're in that I could not care when or where or how or if they had sex with Amanda Pleet's character. I mean, the premise of the picture isn't too bad, I guess. Four self-centered womanizing buddies fall in love with the same woman. There are a lot of opportunities in there to make a great statement. But the film elects instead to just show these selfish, callous human beings for exactly what they are. The reason movies like Superbad and Knocked Up work so well is because we can really like and relate to the guys trying to get the girls, even if they are crude. That never happens here.
So, does this film have any redeeming factors? I'm about to surprise you: Yes. The very last scene of the film prevented me from putting this on my "Most Hated" list.
***Warning: Here There Be Spoilers***
During the very last scene--literally the last five minutes of the picture--the film begins to try to redeem itself. And to a degree, it does. How does it do this? By trying to balance out the great sexism it had been playing to the entire time. In the last scene, it is revealed that Amanda Pleet's character had purposefully tried to get the three men to fall in love with her just so she could "play" them. In other words, she was just as self-centered and callous as the other guys. This is a very interesting perspective--to have the girl be just as shallow as the guys to show exactly how shallow they are. It actually comes out to be a decent scene, but it does little to make me enjoy the other hour and fifteen minutes of the picture.
In spite of that scene, this movie is too irritating and too randomly sexist for me to enjoy. I hated most of the picture and disliked the characters to a degree that baffles even me. And plus, to add insult to injury, it's just not put together well. The editing is choppy, the camerawork is sloppy, and a lot of the direction is staged poorly at best.
And, of course, it is just plain UNFUNNY.