Guest post by Elizabeth Friedland
Senior PR Manager living the ad agency life. Voracious consumer (and sometimes publisher) of the written word, culture, politics and music.
THE BOUNCEBACK is one of those classic tales of unrequited love – if the unrequited loves simultaneously self-pleasured themselves on opposite coasts (dammed that empty Kleenex box), participated in Air Sex competitions (yes, it’s real – and really graphic) and slept their way around Austin, Texas (one of the better tourist activities. Er, or so I’ve heard).
The film opens with scenes familiar to pretty much every twenty or thirty something -- two Austinites are on a first date anyone would envy. There’s witty banter, liquid courage, and drunken kissing. Through a hipster-ish photomontage, we learn that Kathy and Stan (a delicious piece of Midwestern man candy played by Michael Stahl-David) have moved from fabulous first date to full-on relationship – until she moves to New York for medical school and he moves to L.A. to deliver pizza.
Stan is wallowing in his misery when he learns via Facebook that his beloved ex will be returning to Austin to visit her best friend (the trashy Kara). With hope in his heart and a tent in his pants, he books a ticket that direction – under the guise of visiting his best friend Jeff – who just so happens to be Kara’s ex, and equally trash-tastic.
To recap, two sets of exes are gathering in Austin, where the weather is sultry, the beer is cheap, and the Air Sex Olympics are happening. It’s an R rated trifecta. The four friends are left to decide if they want to revisit their past relationships or give in to the temptation of a rebound fling. It’s the old heart versus groin dilemma, and the audience is left wondering which head will win out until the very last seconds of the movie. Predictable, it is not.
Yes, the film is crass. Don’t take children, your mother, or a first date -- or do, depending on how you’d like the night to end. But if you look beyond the simulated sodomy, dick pics and vagina jokes, you’ll find a “half creepy, half romantic” (as one character put it) tale as old as time. With relatable dialogue, slick editing choices and a recognizable peek into Austin’s bar scene (Death Metal Pizza, anyone?), THE BOUNCEBACK is a dirty romp in the sack with some tender post-coital cuddling. Just how we like it.
The 2013 Indianapolis International Film Festival will take place July 18 to 28. Secure your tickets now for THE BOUNCEBACK.