"My Awkward Sexual Adventure" is screening at Silver City Polo Park. (Ryan Wuchert)
Thankfully, the awkwardness is deliberate--and laugh-out-loud funny.
—Alison Gillmor, reviewer
This raunchy relationship comedy starts with a bang, so to speak, with a close-up scene of Jordan (Jonas Chernick) and Rachel (Sarah Maninen) having sex. This feels like an unusually hotsy-totsy opener for an English-Canadian film--at least until you realize that Rachel is actually drifting off to sleep.
Uptight Winnipeg accountant Jordan is a super-sweet boyfriend. When he makes Rachel breakfast in bed, he cuts the fruit into heart shapes. But he's absolutely awful in bed, which is why Rachel responds to his marriage proposal by telling him they need "time apart." (And we all know what that means.)
The heartbroken Jordan heads to Toronto, still hoping to win Rachel back ("I'll read a book! I'll make a list!"). Trying to broaden his erotic horizons, he reluctantly embarks on an extensive, eye-opening and, yes, incredibly awkward sexual journey.
Thankfully, the awkwardness is deliberate--and laugh-out-loud funny. Former Winnipegger Chernick, who also penned the script, and local director Sean Garrity have collaborated before to explore male sexual vulnerability (in 2001's Inertia), and they handle it here with self- deprecating humour and a kind of adorable free-floating anxiety.
There is graphic nudity, which supports gender-parity with a revealing drop-in by a guy named Naked Tom (Winnipeg art-film veteran Mike Bell). The dialogue can be filthy, quite explicitly filthy, often coming off as a Canadian version of Judd Apatow patter. But the final effect is surprisingly sweet, even managing to sneak in a grown-up subtext about love and lust.