Jordan (Jonas Chernick) isn’t having a very good week. First, his girlfriend (Sarah Manninen) falls asleep while they’re having sex (literally in the middle), then when she wakes up she dumps him for being boring and inadequate in the bedroom. Next, he gets dumped on by his boss, screamed at by his mother and when he arrives in Toronto for the “break” his girlfriend has asked for, his debauched friend (Vik Sahay) throws him a party with women he neither wants to, nor can have sex with. When he finally stumbles into a strip club, he gets so drunk that he gets tossed out into the snow, where stripper Julia (Emily Hampshire) finds him and takes him back to her place to sober up. When Jordan wakes, he and Julia discover cross-talents that can help one another: Julia needs financial assistance and Jordan needs to learn to be a better lover. Together they journey towards these goals, even if there are significant detours along the way.
For a movie about sex, there isn’t very much sex in it. Although, that’s probably be because it’s about love, self-esteem and the effect long-term relationships have on us. And from that perspective, it’s quite a good film. It’s funny (at least one scene made me laugh until I cried), sweet, relatable and it feels like a Hollywood romantic comedy, which is good, because Canadians hate movies that feel Canadian, which means that it has a pretty good chance of being a successful release.
Lead actor Jonas Chernick, who also penned the script, does an excellent job as the very repressed Jordan ““ almost too good. His constant questioning and spinelessness, while realistic, is maddening because you wish he would just stand up for himself. Emily Hampshire, on the other hand, is a spectacular hot mess. The chemistry between Chernick and Hampshire makes for an extremely watchable comedy.
Is My Awkward Sexual Adventure Essential TIFF Viewing?
Director Sean Garrity is proving himself to be one of Canada’s best upcoming filmmakers. That alone makes it essential TIFF viewing, but it’s also a great movie you’ll want to see with a good-natured crowd.
My Awkward Sexual Adventure Screening Times
- Tuesday, September 11 at Scotiabank 4 at 7:00 PM,
- Thursday, September 13 at Cineplex Yonge & Dundas 9 at 8:30 PM, and
- Saturday, September 15 at Cineplex Yonge & Dundas 9 at 9:45 AM
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