YPF Gets Two Fingers (err, thumbs)…

Posted by Abdel Kadz on Wednesday, November 05, 2008 with 2 comments
I have always been drawn to festival movies, and I must say I have watched quite a lot. The main thing that sets them apart from the commercial ones is that the people behind these are free to work around their material, maximizing what little budget they have to whip out the best they could. Even without big stars mouthing the scripts or giving life to the film’s characters, the movie is still able to hit home, right to the heart of a particular niche of moviegoers. Recently I got the opportunity to watch another one and contrary to what critics are saying, I was not disappointed. It’s a film about young people…


“Young People Fucking” is as the title connotes. It’s no porn just to clarify. In fact, it’s a romantic comedy-slash-R18ish film. Some people have likened it to “Love Actually,” particularly the part where two porn stars are rehearsing for a flick they are about to shoot: them getting to know each other, talking as casual as you can get, gyrating to movements that at once construed as lovemaking… but they’re dressed. The film is like that, but it actually came to the sex part.

YPF is the story of 11 young people… fucking. It may sound too vulgar, forgive me, but it’s the most honest-to-goodness recap of what the film is. But beyond all the effing that goes on in the movie, there are actually stories in each of the five scenes--the Friends, the Couple, the Exes, the First Date, the Roommates--and you will be surprised to find yourself smiling, even laughing, as the film unfolds.

Without sounding like a typical review that goes on to summarize everything that transpired on the movie, I’ll stop here. I wouldn’t have written this if I’m not recommending the film for its sheer entertainment value to those and only those who are at least 18 years old as some scenes can be too graphic for minors to bear. Again, it’s not porn, but with any sexually-themed movies, it can be titi-llating (pun intended). This maybe too provocative to the all-righteous conservatives (and I don’t want them castigating me for writing this movie review), but for people like me who’s drawn to good festival movies like this, one hour and 30 minutes spent watching it was well worth it. That said, I’m going to give this a finger, two fingers in fact, for being brave enough to make a movie about us young people...