Threesome (1994 film)

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Threesome
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Directed by Andrew Fleming
Written byAndrew Fleming
Produced by Brad Krevoy
Starring
Cinematography Alexander Gruszynski
Edited byWilliam C. Carruth
Music by Thomas Newman
Production
company
Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Release date
  • April 8, 1994 (1994-04-08)
Running time
93 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$10 million
Box office$14,815,317 [1]

Threesome is a 1994 American comedy erotic drama film, written and directed by Andrew Fleming and starring Lara Flynn Boyle, Stephen Baldwin and Josh Charles. It is an autobiographical comedy mixed with social commentary, and is based on Fleming's college memories. The film was given an R rating by the Motion Picture Association of America. [2]

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Plot

Due to an administrative error two male college students, the shy and intellectual Eddy (Josh Charles) and the All-American jock Stuart (Stephen Baldwin) end up with a female roommate. The university thought that Alex (Lara Flynn Boyle) was a man (based on her name) and thus the three students are forced to live with each other until the university can move Alex to a female residence hall.

Alex falls in love and tries unsuccessfully to seduce Eddy (who is gay); Eddy falls in love with Stuart; Stuart is in love with Alex. The trio become good friends and scare off anyone who tries to seduce the other. Eventually Alex, Stuart and Eddy agree to have an actual threesome that seems to destroy the friendship, and raises the possibility that Alex might have become pregnant.

After the threesome, they start to drift apart. Three weeks later the semester ends; Alex moves to an apartment and Eddy gets a single dorm. Eddy (the film's narrator) eventually finds a boyfriend, Stuart finds happiness in a monogamous relationship with a woman and Alex remains single. While they now only see each other for lunch occasionally, they do not seem to regret the friendship they had while in college.

Cast

Reception

Upon release, the film received negative reviews. The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 28% of critics gave Threesome positive reviews, based on 25 reviews, with an average rating of 4.41/10. The site's consensus reads, "Threesome's titillating title belies a dreadfully dull drama whose attractive stars are handily outmatched by a shallow script". [3] Peter Travers' review for Rolling Stone magazine reads, "We're supposed to get all teary when kinkiness threatens to break up a friendship that was hard to swallow in the first place. There's lots of glossy cinematography, courtesy of Alexander Gruszynski, as the three lovers wander the campus separately, looking contemplative. Now there's a laugh. Eddy, a film student, actually makes reference to François Truffaut's ménage à trois classic, Jules and Jim . Eddy, you wish." [4] Roger Ebert gave the film three stars and wrote "The dialogue is really the film's strongest element. The three actors are all smart, and able to reflect the way kids sometimes use words, even very bold words, as a mask for uncertainty and shyness." [5]

Year-end lists

Home media

In 2001, a DVD of the film was released with some special features: a director's audio commentary, an alternate ending, various language subtitles and cast talent files.

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References

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