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Threesome Review

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College roommates explore friendship, themselves, and sex

★★★★★

Since sex comedies aimed at twentysomethings nowadays would be hip by touching all gender orientation bases, this latest variation on the eternal triangle has Lara Flynn Boyle hot for Josh Charles, who craves Stephen Baldwin, who fancies Lara Flynn Boyle. And that’s about it, in another voiceover narrated “memoir” of university daze in which Charles’ Eddy takes us back to the co-ed college dorm rites of passage when odd trio roommates (two boys, one girl, one bathroom) bond to grope with life and each other.
Baldwin’s Stuart is the gross out king, crude, slobbish and sex mad. Flyn Boyle’s Alex is the drama queen, extravagently unrestrained, while Eddy is neat, studious, buttoned-up and gay. When Andrew Fleming’s script is comic it works best, cheerful vulgarity and likeably energetic performances yielding some cringe-making laughs and some well-placed smart aleck dialogue. As the trio’s frankly unlikely story develops and deviates, however, it becomes progressively more pretentious in order to reach the inevitable three in a bed, er, climax and pretend it’s not prurient, but a meaningful relationship thing.
This is almost spookily similar to last year’s Three Of Hearts which starred Baldwin’s prettier but remarkably similar older brother William and Flynn Boyle’s fellow Twin Peaks alumna Sherilyn Fenn as two points of a bisexual triangle. No one went to see that(ital) effort, and one suspects audiences will give this a cold shoulder, too. After all, sex as hip, flip and a learning experience is all very well, but somewhere along the way it needs a touch of romance.

Meandering and predictable.