– Toronto International Film Festival 2022 Review

the end of sex2022.

Directed by Sean Garrity.
Starring Emily Hampshire, Jonas Chernick, Gray Powell, Lily Gao, Melanie Scrofano, and Colin Mochrie.

SYNOPSIS

A couple feeling the pressures of parenthood and adulthood send their children to winter camp for the first time and embark on a series of sexual adventures to reinvigorate their relationship.

Usually in rom-coms or dramas depicting a married couple struggling to rekindle their love, you’d see them starting couples therapy, going on a big trip, having a lavish vow renewal, or situations like that. What you don’t often see is the couple embarking on a series of ill-planned and awkward sexual escapades to rekindle the passion in their marriage, but that’s exactly what director Sean Garrity and writer/actor Jonas Chernick depict in the end of sex in what is a hilarious, dramatic, heartfelt and relatable feature.

the end of sex go to Chernick and Schitt’s Cove star Emily Hampshire as Josh and Emma respectively, a married couple who have been together since their teens. When their daughters go away to winter camp for a week, they decide to use that time to be more sexually adventurous in an effort to rekindle what has become their vanilla sex life. From engaging in a threesome to talking about getting a sex swing, they inadvertently put their marriage to the test as they both begin to question what they really want and how to get it.

Chernick and Hampshire share very nice chemistry, so it’s easily believable that they’re a decades-long couple based on how familiar they are with each other. Their relationship feels natural, especially with how they sometimes overlap in their conversations, and their comedic timing works well when they’re at odds with each other. Chernick is more clumsy and eager to experiment, while Hampshire is confident and seemingly content. The pair are also able to balance the comedy of their misadventures very well with the drama, as the storylines feel authentic and convey genuine emotion. It’s a struggle many parents will find relatable after spending so much time with their children that the concept of free time and breaking the routine would seem completely foreign and risky.

The supporting cast is kept fairly small in order to spend as much time as possible on Josh and Emma’s struggles. Joining them is Wynonna Earp‘s Melanie Scrofano, a friend of Emma’s who is invited into her bed and takes things a little too far, Gray Powell as an old friend who harbors a not-so-secret crush on Emma, ​​and Lily Gao as Emma’s very open co-worker. Josh. . They each do well opposite Chernick and Hampshire in both comedy and drama with Scrofano and Gao giving each other plenty of laughs.

What helps Josh and Emma’s marriage and friendships feel in jeopardy is how the cinematography draws the viewer in. Garrity’s direction focuses squarely on Hampshire and Chernick’s reactions so we can see how emotional their performances are, whether they’re in a big fight. or wracked with nerves after a new or uncomfortable experience. The story is well-paced and never feels boring as the movie keeps moving forward and adding interesting new beats while focusing on the character-driven nature of Josh and Emma’s wishes.

the end of sex it’s a very funny movie with relatable performances and a meaningful story that doesn’t focus solely on sex to find connections with its audience.

Flashing Myth Rating – Movie: ★ ★ ★ ★/ Movie: ★ ★ ★ ★

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