Unsuccessfully Crochets Episodes Based Upon Actual Events.
This defiantly crude concoction in poor taste, upon being viewed by David Secter's nephew Joel, is the activator for a documentary made by Joel, taking as his subject his uncle's uneven career as a filmmaker during which David recorded in his features what he supposedly lived and lived what he recorded, GETTING TOGETHER his third opus, the first a mildly successful debut entitled WINTER MADE US WARM. The quaint occurrences in this movie are purportedly gleaned from the gauche activity of an experimental cinema and free love collective organized by David and housed in a large loft in New York City's Lower East Side during the late 1960s, the setting where most of this piece (named FEELIN' UP for its U.S. video distribution) was filmed, the loft becoming not only a living space but also a studio site for the cast and crew, with the first half of the affair being only marginally better than the chaotic second, the total generally falling into the category of humour, although comedy pointing is poorly implemented. The narrative opens with David, a would-be motion picture director, cooking up a plan to quit his job and sell most of his possessions, such as a Porsche, in order to do what he craves most: "make movies"; however, the impracticality of this estranges his live-in girl friend, Sheila, and David therefore replaces her in his affections with two men and a woman as a bisexual commune-like arrangement that suffers here from a lack of direction for the performers. After a female psychotherapist joins the cozy group, along with a returning Sheila, they all lightly decide to marry each other as a sodality and raise multicultural children in symbiotic fashion, a coda taking the action ten years into 1985 when the original sextet, now augmented by numerous children, and sundry hippie type adults who apparently are desirous of escaping reality through the employment of chemicals and sexual activity, spend their time frolicking about in an infantile manner that will most certainly fail to entertain viewers of even the most minute mental capacity. To compound the film's weaknesses, it was cropped and released by exploitative Troma Entertainment that provides it with a VHS box cover and descriptive notes that are not remotely related to the production; but in any event, even with Secter's obvious knowledge of the kinetic capabilities of a camera and the editing process, and a too seldom utilized touch of self-spoofery, he and his nonsense saturated friends have brought about a quite dreadful picture, best to be avoided.
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