movie: Interior. Leather Bar.
starring: James Franco, Val Lauren
genre: Drama, Mockumentary, Documentary,
format: online Netflix Canada
plot: Follows James Franco and Val Lauren on the set of a movie.
Seriously, I wish I could really give you a proper plot, but it doesn't really come across as having a "true" plot.
You are never completely sure if you are watching a documentary that is a little tongue in cheek or a full on scripted mockumentary. Either way, it's real message seems to be about sexual expression and pushing the envelope.
The "lead actor" is hired to recreate a scene from the 1980 movie Cruising, and the camera follows him around for half the day listening in on his conversations with some of the other actors and about their comfort level with the material. I honestly could not tell if that was the real deal or if the whole thing was scripted?
There is a few short scenes of real sex happening in this film. Which, given that there is a scene dead center in the film with Franco fighting for the right to have in mainstream films, what is traditionally pornography, it gives them so much more weight.
I've never personally seen the movie Cruising, so I can't tell you exactly how "true" Franco's "vision" of the missing scene is, but I can say I like his balls for doing this. (pun intended) I have to admit, when I heard about this film having a bunch of naked men in it having real sex, it's what made me check it out. I'm not going to lie and say that I decided to watch this film for the cause, but I'm glad in the end that I did.
In the speech James Franco gives about how as a society our morals are slightly blurred, he makes a point about how violence has become elevated in everything to the point we're desensitized, and anything sexual still gets shamed. His co-star also makes a great point in saying that there is a time and place for everything, and society needs to find a balance for it all.
Did I think it could have been a bit longer with a clearer message, yes I did. Did it make me want to watch Cruising? Yes it does. And at some point, I'm sure I'll hunt down a copy and watch.
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