THE END OF SEX
Starring: Jonas Chernick and Emily Hampshire
Director: Sean Garrity
Given The End of Sex‘s very indie, low-budget leanings, it’s hard to knock it too much. It feels like a high-end student film with a production value on par with a Canadian sitcom. I won’t say it feels cheap, but you can tell they had limited resources, which makes what they were able to do admirable. Even if it’s fairly basic and obvious, the story goes in some interesting directions and provides some mild laughs. The performances are serviceable too. I’m not saying it’s a movie worth the effort it will likely take to actually watch it, but I walked away thinking, “good for them.”
My favourite part of The End of Sex was the end of the movie because it feels so much like a student film that it prevented me from getting into the plot. It has such an awkward vibe throughout, and I don’t mean that in the way it might’ve been intended. I mean the story, editing, and line delivery are awkward. The humour is cringey and obvious too. The only times I chuckled involved some jokes about text messaging visualized on screen, but even those felt kind of out of place. The lead performances are fine for what this is, but it’s not a good movie.
This film was reviewed by Quentin and Adriano as part of Bitesize Breakdown's coverage of the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival.