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Hurt Penguins (1992)

Harriet and her boyfriend Nick are rock musicians in their thirties, desperately trying to land a recording contract. Harriet hatches a plan to get the rich older bookworm, Jeremy, to fund ... See full summary »

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... Nick Piccione
Dennis Pendrith ... Bass Player
Al Cross ... Drummer
Michele Muzzi ... Harriet Swann
Myra Fried ... Robin Sommerfield
George King ... Jeremy Finch
Garoth Spanglett ... Pragmatic Virgin
Troy Forster ... Pragmatic Virgin
Cedric Giraud ... Pragmatic Virgin
Alex Greggs ... Pragmatic Virgin
Susan Carpenter ... Cheshire Receptionist
Janice Greene ... Alma the Clown
Alice Kubik ... Czech Woman
Milo Kubik ... Czech Man
Ian Thomas ... Tommy Duchesnes
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Harriet and her boyfriend Nick are rock musicians in their thirties, desperately trying to land a recording contract. Harriet hatches a plan to get the rich older bookworm, Jeremy, to fund them by stringing him along by pretending to love him. She even goes so far as to marry him, hoping for a quick divorce. Written by Will Gilbert

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The only thing Harriet wanted to take on her honeymoon was her boyfriend

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Comedy | Romance

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6 November 1992 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Érzelmek és érdekek  »

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This poly movie, which was ahead of its time, is both emotionally honest and amusing.
9 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

When I first saw Hurt Penguins, I could hardly believe that a film could be made that expressed how I feel about myself, my sexuality, and relationships. Here is a romantic comedy that demonstrates that humans are built to be in love with more than one person, and that accepting this fact creates the possibility of heaven on earth.

Today, in the Bay Area and around the world, the poly movement has identified options for people who do not identify with the traditional monogamous relationship model. When this film was made, however, the poly movement hardly existed.

What I liked best about the film was that Harriet was able to clearly express how her love for Nick and her love for Jeremy had entirely different flavors, rhythms, and other elements, and that these differences did not compete, but complemented each other. It is an accurate portrayal of this relationship style which does not gloss over the challenges.

Unfortunately, the film only deals with the beginning of the triad's relationship. As we all know, the beginnings of relationships are only the appetizer.


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