A sexy, smart, insightful dramedy, SEX AND BREAKFAST intertwines the lives of two couples who experiment with group sex as a way to sort out the rudiments of a successful relationship – sex, love, and communication.
Sex and Breakfast depicts two twenty-something couples who venture into the world of group sex as a way to address issues that have arisen in their relationships. The film is described as a sexy, insightful dramedy. It definitely, without question, is sexy and insightful, but I don’t believe it’s accurately described by the Hollywood coined term “dramedy”. While there are a couple lines of humor, it is hands down a drama.
This film handles the topic of group sex with responsibility and portrays the corresponding events that unfold in a realistic and believable manner. The only issue I had with this film was that these two couples were paired up through a psychiatrist that handles relationship issues and advocates group sex as a form of treatment. When the couples meet with this psychiatrist, the viewer can tell that there is one member in each couple who is not into the idea and is merely present because of their love for their partner. Group sex, while most likely a death sentence for any relationship where love or feelings of affection exist, would most definitely not be recommended to a couple by a psychiatrist if both members did not fully agree that this is something that they want to take part in.
With that being said, I have to admit I admire the way this film handled such a delicate topic and I found the characters to be believable and likable. James, played by Macaulay Culkin, and Heather, played by Alexis Dziena, are the couple that viewers will probably feel the most compassion for. James is the good guy with the heart of gold, and Heather, though she loves James, finds herself frustrated at the fact that James has never been able to sexually satisfy her. This has lead to her desire for outside experimentation, to find out what the problem with their sex life really is.
Couple number two, Ellis, played by Kuno Beacker, and Renee, played by the alluring Eliza Dushku, are the couple that initially you would expect to be emotionally intact after the impending events. However, as the “date” grows closer, you realize that Ellis and Renee both have much deeper feelings for each other than even they initially realized. They’re a couple who fears that they’ve become boring, and while considering activities such as swimming with the sharks or sky diving as possible remedies to the situation, both describe that the thought of group sex seems to be a better fit for them.
The ending isn’t foreseeable. And after a series of mishaps throughout the film, both couples learn that there is more to their relationships, and more to love itself, than just sex and breakfast.
The film is produced by First Look Studios, which I should note is a studio that has earned a reputation for high quality work with films such as Day Zero, Dedication, and King of California. I find that I genuinely look forward to their releases, and when that is the case, you know they’re doing it right.
Review by Emma Loggins