Sex and Breakfast

on November 29, 2007 by Tim Cogshell

Young Mac Culkin outgrew the pre-pubescent roles of his youth (although he's presently only 27) some years ago. But, interestingly, he seems to have moved from child star directly to young adult actor, skipping that odd teen-idol stage that undoes so many young thespians during that odd transition period. He went from being precocious directly to being interesting, as are most of the movies of his young adulthood (see Party Monster and Saved), including Sex and Breakfast.

Despite the seeming emphasis of this review, however, Sex and Breakfast is not a Macaulay Culkin film in any particular way but rather an ensemble piece of which he is a well-performing component, as are most of the pieces (the production design could have used a bit more budget) in debuting director Miles Brandman's bright, sexy little movie. Additional elements include Alexis Dziena as Heather, James' (Culkin) non-orgasmic girlfriend, along with Ellis (Kuno Becker) and Renee (Eliza Dushku) as the couple James and Heather have a foursome with. Technically, it’s not so much a foursome as it is a straight swap, only in the same room, on the same bed. Thus the "sex" in the title. The Breakfast is, well, breakfast.

What's interesting about the movie are its interests, which are the funny, insightful, curious preoccupations of the young, which is to say they're about sex and sexuality. These kids don't have sexual problems (yet), but they do have questions and ideas and issues they mistake for problems, and, naturally, fears. Brandman divides these concerns and neuroses among his young sexy cast and a few veteran character actors (Joanna Miles and Robert Carradine among them) and sets them to getting their grooves on—with varying results.

As for Culkin, whose thoughtful character James isn't so hot for all the girlfriend-swapping, one must note that it's a little weird to see the kid from the Home Alone movies catching a hummer in a foursome, particularly when he still looks more or less like he did when he was 11.

But you'll get over it.

Distributor: First Look
Cast: Macaulay Culkin, Kuno Becker, Eliza Dushku and Alexis Dziena
Director/Screenwriter: Miles Brandman
Producers: Michael Brandman, Chip Diggins and Andrew Adelson
Genre: Drama
Rating: R for sexual content and language
Running time: 81 min.
Release date: November 30, 2007 LA

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